New PDF release: Augenblick: The Concept of the ‘Decisive Moment’ in 19th-

By Koral Ward

ISBN-10: 0754660974

ISBN-13: 9780754660972

Augenblick, that means actually 'In the blink of an eye', describes a 'decisive second' in time that's either fleeting but momentously eventful, even epoch-makingly major. during this publication, Koral Ward investigates the improvement of the idea that into one of many middle principles in Western existential philosophy along such techniques as nervousness and person freedom.Ward examines the entire volume of the belief of the 'decisive moment', within which an individual's complete life-project is open to an intensive reorientation. From its inception in Kierkegaard's works to the writings of Jaspers and Heidegger, she attracts on an unlimited array of assets past simply the traditional figures of nineteenth and twentieth century Continental philosophy, discovering principles and examples in images, cinema, tune, paintings, and the trendy novel.

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But the moment is not simply something new either, Constantius explains: ‘it is only of the new one grows tired’, one constantly wants something new and is never satisfied. The moment properly experienced as repetition is sure and certain and secure. It is blissful and a blessing. 158 O ne who has come to themself in the moment acquires a new ‘organ’ or mode of understanding which is faith, is a wholly new ability as well as a new awareness. Together with this ‘new organ’, ‘a new presupposition’ is arrived at, that there is a ‘consciousness of sin’, an error in us from the beginning causing anxiety of spirit.

Such a point ‘outside time’ and the finitude of existence allows a new perspective regarding one’s existence understood in a deeper, inner sense. Kierkegaard does not discuss this revelation directly elsewhere, however, characteristically he assigns the experience to Constantius in Repetition. He describes a ‘dizzy maximum’ of spirits and the lightness of feeling, in ‘the sensuous delight of the instant’.

Described by Haufniensis as: ‘a sympathetic antipathy and an antipathetic sympathy’,76 this double move cannot be overcome by ‘mediation’, Kierkegaard says, referring to Hegel’s concept. ‘Philosophy mediates, Christianity has the paradox’,77 philosophy would explain away the paradox, the wonder, and the moment and this should be resisted. 78 The Hongs note79 Kierkegaard’s change of word for ‘wonder’ from Vidunderet to B eundring here. B eundring literally means ‘admiration’ from 71 R udolph O tto, in Das Heilige [The Idea of the Holy] (1923), calls the moment: ‘the subjective time equivalent of the encounter with the numinous’ which refers to being filled with both awe and dread, a holy terror in the face of an object of worship.

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