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Kierkegaard's Writings, XII: Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume I: Concluding Unscientific Postscript to "Philosophical Fragments" v. 12, Pt. 1 Paperback – 5 May 1992

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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Ed edition (5 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691020817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691020815
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 13.6 x 3.5 cm
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"The definitive edition of the Writings. The first volume . . . indicates the scholarly value of the entire series: an introduction setting the work in the context of Kierkegaard's development; a remarkably clear translation; and concluding sections of intelligent notes."--Library Journal

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You will perhaps recall, my dear reader, that there was a remark at the end of Philosophical Fragments (p. 162), something that might look like the promise of a sequel. Read the first page
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A monumental work 12 Jun 2003
By Ross James Browne - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is Kierkegaard's most important work - the real meat of his writings. It is more difficult then most of his works and should be approached with caution, but it is absolutely essential to achieve a full understanding of Kierkegaard. Keep in mind that _Concluding Unscientific Postscript_ was originally written under the pseudonym of Johannes Climacus, the sceptical and pessimistic alter ego of the real Kierkegaard. Not to spoil the surprise, but in reading this book you should remember that much of what is being said is contradictory to Kierkegaard's real beliefs. In my experience reading this book, I only began to realize this gradually. This is because not EVERYTHING in this book is antithetical or diametrically opposed to Kierkegaard's real views; only portions of it are antithetical. Kierkegaard truly engages and challenges the reader by exposing views that make sense at first, but then after letting Climacus get riled up, his rantings and ravings become increasingly illogical and pessimistic. The challenge consists in discovering where the real Kierkegaard leaves off, and where the pseudonymous Johannes Climacus picks up. The reader must constantly be on alert for antithetical and contradictory statements, and must approach this book with a highly critical mindset. The end result is one of the most fantastically thought-provoking, creative, original, and entertaining books you will ever read. By forcing the reader to take this critical approach, Kierkegaard gives us an opportunity to formulate and fortify our individual beliefs in contradistinction to those of Climacus, forcing us to truly think for ourselves. The reader is bombarded with profound philosophical statements which are oten true and sensible, and can be proven consitsent with Kierkegaard's real beliefs. But sandwiched between these logical statements, Climacus will say something so off the wall that the reader must subject these statements to a critical re-evaluation. This is what makes the _Postscript_ such a profoundly thought-provoking and personally enriching experience.
One more thing to consider before you read this book: As I said, this book was written under the pseudonym Johannes Climacus. To fully understand the inner workings of this character, you must also read _Philosophical Fragments/Johannes Climacus_, which is the precursor to _Concluding Unscientific Postscript_. This first book helps the reader understand the pseudonymous and sometimes antithetical beliefs held by Kierkegaard's neurotic alter-ego. Taken together, the _Johannes Climacus/Philosophical Fragments/ Conlcuding Unscientific Postscript_ series is the be-all end-all philosophical work of the 19th century. It is a monumental achievement of epic proportions and will go down in history as the most important and profound work of literature to come out of Europe during that time period.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Be Warned!! 14 Jan 2003
By P. Soen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Be warned! The Princeton edition of this book comes in two volumes. Volume 1 is just the body of text to Kierkegaard's book. There is no historical introduction in the first volume, just Kierkegaard's satirical introduction that was intended for the original book. The historical introduction and scholarly apparatus are in the second volume. If the reader does not wish to inquire beyond Kierkegaard's text, he need not worry, the second volume is for the person who did not find Kierkegaard mind numbing enough and sees need to go behind the text. I am one of those kind of people, but you might not be.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hannay translation vs hongs 27 Jun 2012
By Kelly Cheung - Published on
Format: Paperback
I think the Hongs have done a wonderful job bringing SK to an English audience (i really found "essential Kierkegaard") to be a great primer to SK's thought... But this translation by them is a little outdated due to some philosophic presuppositions undertaken by the Hongs during the translation. Although Alastair Hannay's translation is really expensive... It offers a CUP translation that is more open to various interpretations of Climacus and Kierkegaard's religious beliefs.

I'd also recommend the Cambridge Critical Guide, edited by Rick Anthony Furtak as a companion to CUP-- regardless which translation you use (although the guide refers to Hannay's page numbers in the citations).
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An original Christian 7 May 2010
By GangstaLawya - Published on
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Kierkegaard should be read by Christians today just for his ability to inspire one to be a different kind of Christian. Kierkegaard is a profound thinker and this is perhaps the best translation available. The Hong's are outstanding scholars and are well known for their expertise on the topic of Kierkegaard. Christians of all denominations should read Kierkegaard so that they can get out of their narrow definition of what it means to be a Christian. This work is one of his many masterpieces. However, to call this work his best work is a difficult proposition to defend since all of his work is brilliant. It is the area of apologetics (a topic that Kierkegaard eshewed) that Kierkegaard can be fruitful inspiration for. The only one who seems to recognize this is Edward John Carnell, who wrote a book along these lines "The Burdern of Soren Kierkegaard."
Seminal work in western philosophy 1 Aug 2009
By James Rovira - Published on
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This, along with The Concept of Anxiety, Fear and Trembling, and The Sickness Unto Death, constitutes Kierkegaard's major contribution to western philosophy and the beginning of existentialism. They have tended to be misread as direct philosophical statements by Kierkegaard, but they are in fact all attributed to pseudonymous authors designed to represent specific, and limited, points of view. That being said, these books are potentially life-changing, complex, and difficult, but the work required to apprehend them pays off.
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