History of Modern Philosophy
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. John Culp
March 31, 2004
A. Kierkegaard's philosophy focuses on individual human existence by stressing that an individual must choose whether or not to commit to God who cannot be understood.
B. Kierkegaard's major concepts are:
existence involves choosing to act as a conscious individual rather than
attempting to achieve the universal.
is subjectivity in what we choose rather than being external to the
person. Because as an individual we are alienated from our relationship
with God, we must choose whether or not to commit to God.
are three stages that a person goes through in becoming an individual in
relation to God:
aesthetic stage of immediacy with no
limits and no commitments other than to self enjoyment. The possibility of
spiritual existence challenges the sensuous person to choose either physical
existence or a higher existence. (You have to chose to move onto the next
ethical stage involves a commitment to
the rules as other than the individual but eventually faces the challenge of
the inability of each person to satisfy the law and a decision about whether or
not to move to the religious stage.
religious stage relates to God as subject through a total commitment or leap of faith that overcomes the individual's alienation from God.