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Fear and Trembling
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date January 1, 1986
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140444490
ISBN-10 0140444491
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.25 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Uses the story of Abraham and Isaac to discuss the 'theological suspension of ethics,' a philosophical concept that claims when one acts out of direction from God, one is not necessarily subject to the ethical laws of the universe.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The infamous and controversial work that made a lasting impression on both modern Protestant theology and existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Camus

Writing under the pseudonym of "Johannes de silentio," Kierkegaard expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac at God's command. Believing Abraham's unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed to make a full commitment to his religion, Kierkegaard himself made great sacrifices in order to dedicate his life entirely to his philosophy and to God. The conviction shown in this religious polemic—that a man can have an exceptional mission in life—informed all Kierkegaard's later writings. His "teleological suspension of the ethical" challenged the contemporary views of Hegel's universal moral system, and was also hugely influential for both protestant theology and the existentialist movement.

Alastair Hannay's introduction evaluates Kierkegaard's philosophy and the ways in which it conflicted with more accepted contemporary views. This edition also includes detailed notes to complement this groundbreaking analysis of religion, and a new chronology. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Merchant Books (December 31, 2012); titled "Fear & Trembling"
9781603864909 | details & prices | 103 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $3.99
About: An Unabridged Edition: Preface - Prelude - A Panegyric Upon Abraham - Preliminary Expectoration - Is There Such a Thing as a Teleological Suspension of the Ethical?
from Createspace Independent Pub (April 26, 2011)
9781461078418 | details & prices | 120 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.46 lbs | List price $5.79
About: Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian and religious author interested in human psychology.
from Createspace Independent Pub (July 30, 2010)
9781453727423 | details & prices | 120 pages | List price $9.95
About: As one of Soren Kierkegaard's most widely read works, FEAR and TREMBLING presents careful arguments about important biblical topics.
from Createspace Independent Pub (July 3, 2009)
9781448638390 | details & prices | 108 pages | List price $4.99
About: As one of Soren Kierkegaard's most widely read works, FEAR and TREMBLING presents careful arguments about important biblical topics.
from Wilder Pubns Ltd (April 30, 2008)
9781604593181 | details & prices | 91 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $7.49
About: In our time nobody is content to stop with faith but wants to go further.
With Alastair Hannay | from Penguin USA (May 30, 2006)
9780143037576 | details & prices | 152 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.26 lbs | List price $12.00
About: The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers.
from Green Integer Books (December 1, 2002)
9781931243087 | details & prices | List price $11.95
About: Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian and religious author interested in human psychology.
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Reprint edition from Penguin Classics (January 1, 1986)
9780140444490 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Uses the story of Abraham and Isaac to discuss the 'theological suspension of ethics,' a philosophical concept that claims when one acts out of direction from God, one is not necessarily subject to the ethical laws of the universe.

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