Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, and the problem of first immediacy

Manifold expressions of a particular critique appear throughout Søren Kierkegaard's pseudonymous corpus: for Kierkegaard and his pseudonyms faith is categorically not a first immediacy, and it is certainly not the first immediate, the annulment of which concludes the first movement of Hegelian...

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Published in:International journal for philosophy of religion
Main Author: Rogers, Chandler
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:International journal for philosophy of religion
Year: 2016, Volume: 80, Issue: 3, Pages: 259-278
Further subjects:B EXPRESSIVISM (Ethics)
B German Romanticism
B HEGELIANISM
B SCHREIBER, Gerhard
B Romanticism
B Criticism
B The Present
B Emotion
B Experiential expressivism
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Summary:Manifold expressions of a particular critique appear throughout Søren Kierkegaard's pseudonymous corpus: for Kierkegaard and his pseudonyms faith is categorically not a first immediacy, and it is certainly not the first immediate, the annulment of which concludes the first movement of Hegelian philosophy. Kierkegaard's pseudonyms make it clear that he holds the Hegelian dogmaticians responsible for the promulgation of this misconception, but when Kierkegaard's journals and papers are consulted another transgressor emerges: the renowned anti-idealist F.D.E. Schleiermacher. I address the extent to which this particular indictment is justified; over-against Gerhard Schreiber, I argue that this characterization of Schleiermacher's view of religion is indeed a de facto critique. I begin by presenting and demonstrating the ubiquity of the phenomenon at the heart of Schleiermacher's conception of perfect God- consciousness, then proceed to apply criticisms raised by Kierkegaardian pseudonyms Judge William, Vigilius Haufniensis, Johannes Climacus, and Anti-Climacus, supplemented with concerns raised by Kierkegaard himself, in order to demonstrate that these criticisms do indeed apply to and problematize Schleiermacher's view.
ISSN:1572-8684
Contains:Enthalten in: International journal for philosophy of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11153-016-9576-z