Continental Philosophy

Søren Kierkegaard

Was there only one kind of religious life for Søren Kierkegaard?

No, Kierkegaard distinguished between two. In the first, the individual relates to God, using his idea of God to deal with guilt. In the second, there is a “teleological suspension of the ethical,” as in the story of Abraham and Isaac. The implication of this transcendence of the ethical is that real religion is higher and more important than what is accepted as goodness in society.


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