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Jean-Yves Lacoste

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827146.001.0001

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The Missing Frontier

The Missing Frontier

Philosophy and Theology in the Philosophical Fragments

(p.1) 1 The Missing Frontier
The Appearing of God

Jean-Yves Lacoste

Oliver O’Donovan

Oxford University Press

Kierkegaard purports to demolish the philosophical “system” in favour of the “fragment,” but the theme of his ‘fragments’ is the theological one of salvation. The chapter argues that this work is not a theological critique of philosophy, but lays claim to a place within philosophy for a non-Socratic relation of disciple to teacher. The disciple of the “god in time” relates to the teacher in love, yet love opens the way to knowledge. The goal of philosophy is to place us in the truth, but truth is predicated only on existence, and salvation is existence in the truth. There is no general theory of love or knowledge, but a “theological reduction” of those concepts to the relation of man to God.

Keywords:   Kierkegaard, philosophy, theology, system, teacher and disciple, truth, love

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