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In this quantity, i've got given consciousness to what I deliberate to be a number of the primary difficulties and subject matters within the philosophical considered SjiSren Kierkegaard. a number of the chapters were formerly put up­ ed yet have been revised for his or her visual appeal right here. Others have been written expressly for this booklet. i've got attempted to target matters that have now not been more often than not handled or emphasised within the scholarship on Kierkegaard apart from the writings of David Swenson and Paul L. Holmer to which (and to whom) i'm significantly indebted. a few of the positions for which i've got argued during this quantity (especially in Chapters IV and V) will be arguable. i'm thankful to all those that enabled me to hold out or motivated me in my reports of Kierkegaard or who assisted with reference to the examine for or education of this quantity. between those are: Professors Paul L. Holmer, F. Arthur Jacobson, and Dennis A. Rohatyn; Dean Wallace A. Russell and vice chairman Daniel J. Zaffarano of Iowa kingdom University.

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A) Some historical statements cause no further problems with respect to verification than those which are found in the case of non-religious historical assertions. Instances of these might be: 'Jesus was born in Bethlehem', 'The apostle Paul was imprisoned', etc. Admittedly, the evidence is scanty. But so is it, in asense, with respect to judgments about, say, Socrates. And, of course, statements of this kind are also only probable. But, at least, one would know what to look for as evidence by which to assess some "degree" of probability.

In fact, I believe that bis ethical theory contains many serious flaws. However, my main concern has been to attempt to state what Kierkegaard in fact held, since here (as in other areas) his views have often been misunderstood. CHAPTER IV KIERKEGAARD AND THE MEANINGFULNESS OF RELIGIOUS STATEMENTS During the past thirty-five or so years, there has taken place, in philosophical circles, a questioning of the meaningfulness of religious statements. The philosophical position known as logical positivism, or, as some prefer, logical empiricism, achieved notorious farne by its thesis: Religious statements (along with metaphysical, ethical, and aesthetic propositions) are meaningless.

Very well, what other means shall we attempt in order to discover whether or not 'God exists' is true? (2) Let us try the religious experience claim. Some religious people profess to have knowledge of the existence of God upon the basis of direct experience of God. They say that our knowledge of God rests upon the revelation of his personal presence, or that our knowledge of God comes through a direct, personal encounter or confrontation with him. It must be noticed that people who talk this way do not simply assert that they had an unusual experience.

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