Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Kierkegaard and objectivity

Wonderful gloss by Fred Crowe on objectivity as the fruit of authentic subjectivity: he brings in Kierkegaard.

The Concluding Unscientific Postscript has as subtitle: An existential contribution.
The two divisions of the volume are: The Objective problem concerning the Truth of Christianity" (less than 1/10 of the work), and The Subjective Problem.
The subtitle of the latter part: The Relation of the Subject to the Truth of Christianity.
Four examples of "thinking directed towards becoming objective", among which: "the problem of what it means to die." Not death as a universal topic, but an existential understanding of death.

Kierkegaard is followed up by Ignatius of Loyola and the Two Standards. And then Crowe becomes quite ill-mannered: he threatens to speak in oratione recta. Phil McShane would love this.

See Crowe, "Theology and the Future: Responsible Innovation," Appropriating the Lonergan Idea (1989) 273-4.

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