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By Koral Ward

Augenblick, which 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 advance of the idea that into one of many middle principles in Western existential philosophy along such options as anxiousness and person freedom.Ward examines the entire quantity of the belief of the 'decisive moment', during which an individual's whole life-project is open to a thorough 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, track, artwork, and the fashionable novel

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Kierkegaard, Works of Love, p. 103. , pp. 106–107. 125 So the burden of sin and guilt when expressed as regret, can move away into the past. Kierkegaard uses the French word ressentiment to describe a feeling of bitterness toward the past which cannot be let go of, reconstituting the emotions, as well as reliving the event. But the moment which precipitates a change in perspective is that of repentance. Yet repentance, Kierkegaard says, ‘delays action’, though it is action which is required by the change; one must act in one’s faith, not only reflect.

This hiatus constitutes a recurring aspect of the concept of moment. In this state one may be astonished that the world appears just as it does and not otherwise. At its ‘highest pitch’ it wills the collision in thought and in turn wills the downfall of the understanding and of itself. The understanding collides with the unknown and the reason is defied or, in Kierkegaard’s term, ‘offended’. Thinking has reached its limit, has come to a standstill and it is not by reasoning away the paradox that this stasis can be broken, Climacus explains, for that would be to explain away the wonder.

144 Stephen Crites, ‘The Blissful Security of the Moment’, Recollection, Repetition, and Eternal Recurrence in Fear and Trembling and Repetition, p. 236. Crites’ article uses the later, 1983, translation of Repetition. , p. 232. 146 Kierkegaard, Repetition, Editor’s Introduction, p. 8. 140 141 Of Time and The Eternal, Søren Kierkegaard’s Moment [Øieblik] 27 The pseudonimous author of Repetition, whose name, Constantine Constantius, doubly stresses the author’s constancy both in love and as a friend and listener to the nameless young poet of the story, is enamoured of a woman and begins to court her.

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