The Routledge Guidebook to Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling

John Lippitt

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Søren Kierkegaard is one of the key figures of nineteenth century thought, whose influence on subsequent philosophy, theology and literature is both extensive and profound. Fear and Trembling, which investigates the nature of faith through an exploration of the story of Abraham and Isaac, is one of Kierkegaard’s most compelling and widely read works. It combines an arresting narrative, an unorthodox literary structure and a fascinating account of faith and its relation to ‘the ethical’.

The Routledge Guidebook to Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling introduces and assesses:

Kierkegaard’s life and the background to Fear and Trembling, including aspects of its philosophical and theological context
The text and key ideas of Fear and Trembling, including the details of its account of faith and its connection to trust and hope
The book’s reception history, the diversity of interpretations it has been given and its continuing interest and importance

This Guidebook assumes no previous knowledge of Kierkegaard's work and will be essential reading for anyone studying the most famous text of this important thinker.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon and New York
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)978-0415707206
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015

Publication series

NameRoutledge Guides to the Great Books


  • Kierkegaard
  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • sacrifice
  • faith
  • infinite resignation
  • teleological suspension of the ethical
  • silence


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