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Going No Further: Toward an Interpretation of “Problema III” in Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling

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The concluding paragraphs of “Problema III” in Fear and Trembling feature a narrator determined to defend the good name of Abraham. Rejuvenated by his excursion to the aesthetic-ethical confinium, Johannes de silentio endeavors to defend the ethical merit of Abraham’s notorious promise of divine providence. Along the way, however, Johannes unexpectedly arrives at the realization that his supposed bond with Abraham is little more than a fabrication on his part. As “Problema III” approaches its conclusion, Johannes suspends his quest for self-understanding. Without Abraham as his traveling companion, he will go no further

Published Online: 2014-6-21
Published in Print: 2014-6-1

© 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

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