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The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard$
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Mark Bernier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747888.001.0001

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The Kierkegaardian Self

The Kierkegaardian Self

(p.9) 2 The Kierkegaardian Self
The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard

Mark Bernier

Oxford University Press

In chapter two Kierkegaard’s conception of the self is examined. He discusses this in three ways: as a synthesis, a task, and a relation. This examination provides the necessary groundwork for an analysis of despair, faith, and hope. The self as a synthesis refers to the divided nature of the self, where we are torn between two competing natures or factors, unable to bring them into harmony (these factors are explained in three ways: the infinite and finite, the possible and necessary, and the eternal and temporal). The self is also a task that has the task of becoming itself; the end is to secure a meaningful life through a unified identity. Finally, the self is a relation, which he refers to as spirit. This is what is most fundamentally the self, as the freedom to determine itself in the relation between the factors of the synthesis.

Keywords:   self, synthesis, task, infinite, finite, possible, necessary, eternal, temporal

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