Augenblick: The Concept of the ‘Decisive Moment’ in 19th- by Koral Ward

By Koral Ward

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 e-book, Koral Ward investigates the improvement of the idea that into one of many center principles in Western existential philosophy along such techniques as anxiousness and person freedom.Ward examines the total quantity of the assumption of the 'decisive moment', during which an individual's whole 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 rules and examples in images, cinema, song, paintings, and the trendy novel.

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But if, in the confusion of life, a person only considers themself, distantly from others, only considers ‘the question of what he ought to do’, then his understanding is also at a distance from the rest of humanity. 121 In considering what one ought to do, one must not lose sight of others. ‘Everyone who is to exist [existere] with a perspective other than that of the moment … must above all take care to stay clear of a close relationship to the moment’. We must take Kierkegaard to mean a superficial moment in this statement.

P. 244. Kierkegaard, Repetition, p. 126. Crites, The B lissful Security of the Moment, p. 235. Kierkegaard, Repetition, p. 135. , p. 34. Augenblick 28 using a later translation, has ‘the blissful security of the moment’156 [Øieblikkets salige Sikkerhed]. What is certain and secure about the moment is the fact that it has not the uncertainty of hope attendant with the expectation of a future good. Hope is alluring but can slip away. Neither has it the sense of loss or ‘sadness’ felt in recollection of what is passed.

87 Ibid. 88 Kierkegaard, C hristian Discourses (O xford University Press, New York, 1961), p. 103. , pp. 104–105. 90 Martinez, R oy, ‘Kierkegaard’s Ideal of Inward Deepening’, Philosophy Today, Summer, 1988; 32, p. 110. 84 85 Of Time and The E ternal, Søren K ierkegaard’s Moment [Øieblik] 19 Transition, Change and the Leap The Interlude then, is a transitional stage, a pause for, or of thought before moving toward a resolution. Kierkegaard discriminates his meaning of ‘transition’ from the term as used in Hegelian logic and philosophy.

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