Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript

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This, as I remarked in the Preface, is so big a book that between its covers no room is left for an adequate introduction. It might be said, on the other hand, that this book is so big and so important, and withal so complicated, that more than any other it requires an introduction. But this means that the introduction, if there is to be any, must be outside of these covers. The only competent introduction at present available is contained in the Kierkegaard Studien of Professor Emanuel Hirsch (1930-33), pp. 729-827.

Here I propose to provide only the most necessary hints for the preliminary orientation of the reader.

The title, as S. K. first conceived it (VI B 88), was as follows:

Logical Problems

by

Johannes Climacus

edited by

S. Kierkegaard.

Later he proposed (VI B 98):

Concluding [simple] Postscript

to the

Philosophical Fragments

by

Johannes Climacus

edited by

S. Kierkegaard.

In the title actually used, the word "unscientific" may be misleading, and it must be interpreted by the word "simple," which S. K. occasionally used even after the book was printed with its present title.

In the title, the word "concluding" has emphatic significance. It indicates S. K.'s intention of terminating here his literary work. He says in his Journal (VII A 4, Feb. 7, 1846), "My idea is to give up being an author (which I can only be altogether or not at all) and prepare myself to be a pastor." This was a serious resolution, which many times was reaffirmed in the Journal (cf. VII A 221, Jan. 20, 1847), and it was a natural course for him to take, seeing that as a Candidate in Theology he had . . .

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