Kierkegaard has been a favourite of mine since I first discovered his work when I was seventeen. I developed a bit of an obsession (which, if I’m honest, continues to this day) and have recently unearthed a load of notes on scrappy pieces of paper, from when I first read Fear and Trembling and a couple of his other books. This is the mind of seventeen-year-old Scar, working her way through Kierkegaardian philosophy.
“It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are.”
“The individual is and remains the anchor in the confusion of pantheism.”
“I am the ultimate phase of the poetic temper.”
“Some things are so important that they cannot be communicated directly.”
Valentin Weigel in Astrology Theologised: “And because it is true – that every internal is more noble and more worthy than his external, in which it is and dwells; that even all of us do witness, nilling or willing, knowing or not knowing.” –> parallels with Kierkegaard; truth as subjectivity
Fear and Trembling: “Certainly [Abraham] was surprised by the outcome, but by means of a double movement he had come back to his original position and therefore received Isaac more joyfully than the first time.”
1. Necronomicon: magical rituals involving “death” that isn’t actual death
2. Circular nature of life/Biblical/folk stories; important for resolution that people go back to the beginning – Romany death traditions
“The ethical as such is the universal, and as the universal it applies to everyone, which can be put from another point of view by saying that it applies at every moment.”
“Faith… is this paradox, that interiority is higher than exteriority, or to recall again an expression we used above, that the odd number is higher than the even.” –> A few pages earlier he talked about Pythagoras believing that the odd numbers are the most perfect.
It’s in the transcending of the abnormal to the supernormal; read good book – average speed; read very good book – fast; read excellent, life-changing book – slowish. Same with Kierkegaard’s knight of faith. (I have no idea what I’m getting at here.)
At some point I’ll start actually looking through all these notes properly and seeing if there might be anything useful in them, rather than just blogging about them as they happen to come up.
Who are your favourite philosophers?