Kierkegaard's "Philosophical Fragments"

  • December 17, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Chris is gracious enough to lead this meetup.

This discussion will approach Kierkegaard through one of his shorter works, chosen to illustrate his style, existentialist philosophy, and some of his concerns.  The work chosen is one used by the St. John's seniors for two seminars.  Many excellent senior thesis papers have resulted.  This suggests that his concerns are contemporary and powerful.


Links to suggested readings follow.  To support the discussion I suggest that those attending should read, at minimum, the summary (third link).  It is of course desirable also to read the work itself (fourth link).  This copy of the work is poor, my apologies, but it is online, complete, and free.  I encourage members to seek better copies, preferably the Hong translation.

For those reading the work itself, a word of caution.  Kierkegaard is famous for his use of "Irony" and "Indirection".  Which means, essentially, that he does not "deliver" the message, he slips it under the door.   Reader beware.


To focus the discussion, we will begin by addressing; Chapter One "Thought Project", on truth; Chapter Three "The Absolute Paradox", on paradox; and "Interlude", on existence. 

A short introduction, less than 30 minutes,  will introduce Kierkegaard, his life, and his concerns. 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B8ren_Kierkegaard


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_Fragments


http://sorenkierkegaard.org/philosophical-fragments.html


http://www.religion-online.org/showbook.asp?title=2512

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  • Chris M.

    With all the group interest in Eastern traditions, it could be fruitful for you to explore K's Religious Stage/Sphere. K's intensity, and his insistence on "passion" and reaching a breakthrough, a "leap", sound very familiar, coming from the East. Could be a very rich discussion. Care to lead it?? Chris

    1 · December 19, 2013

    • Mark H.

      I'm not currently qualified. Probably won't be my first choice, but could be interesting.

      December 19, 2013

    • Chris M.

      Metzinger's "The Ego Tunnel" might be of interest.

      December 28, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Thank you, Chris, for facilitating another meaningful discussion. It sparked an interest in Kierkegaard. I'll have to dig in a bit more.

    December 19, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Two thoughts I leave you with; K, "We live forward, and understand backwards"; Chris "Philosophy is NOT about dead Greeks". It is about "live Greeks", us...

    December 18, 2013

  • Chris M.

    The discussion didn't go as planned, which I expected to proceed by addressing the text of the Summary of "Fragments", the Third Link above, with each member bringing a copy of that Summary. This did not happen, as only two of us brought the text. In part, my failure, as the direction is a bit foggy in the above intro, there but foggy. In my previous groups, this was not a problem as we "always" worked from text, so that implicate assumption was there. But, we had a wonderful discussion of K, perfect in its own way, but a different way. Good work by all...

    December 18, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Note: I plan to leave the discussion at 8PM, as I am "bushed" after 2 hours, and that is our custom in Santa Fe. You can of course continue after that, but I must leave. I am encouraged by the high level of interest, and the backgrounds of those attending. K is very much worth the effort. Chris

    December 4, 2013

  • Chris M.

    For those who have the time/interest a convenient overview and introduction is "The Essential Kierkegaard" by Howard Hong. Certainly not a substitute for reading K directly, but helps to get a leg up. The summary of Fragments is intended simply as a framework to support the discussion. I encourage you to check out his other works. Chris

    December 4, 2013

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