(PDF) Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling | Paolo Diego Bubbio - frikilife.comWhile his literary style was experimental, his writings call for Christian morality; a defense of faith and religion. Translated by Walter Lowrie. Published by Princeton University Press, Kierkegaard, writing under a pseudonym Johannes De Silentio , aims ironic criticism his own work. The story of Abraham is given a Kierkegaardian turn, full of paradoxes and inconsistencies.
His work crosses the boundaries of philosophy, theology, psychology, literary criticism, devotional literature and fiction. Kierkegaard brought this potent mixture of discourses to bear as social critique and for the purpose of renewing Christian faith within Christendom. At the same time he made many original conceptual contributions to each of the disciplines he employed. Kierkegaard led a somewhat uneventful life. He rarely left his hometown of Copenhagen, and travelled abroad only five times—four times to Berlin and once to Sweden. His prime recreational activities were attending the theatre, walking the streets of Copenhagen to chat with ordinary people, and taking brief carriage jaunts into the surrounding countryside.
Among philosophers of our own time, Martha Nussbaum is one who has written most zealously and persistently about the meaning of feelings, and has attempted to give them cognitive and ethical value. In her major work Upheavals of Thought.
The title is a reference to a line from Philippians , " Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety  that must have been present in Abraham when "God tested [him] and said to him, take Isaac , your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering on the mountain that I shall show you. He resigned himself to the three-and-a-half-day journey and to the loss of his son. Who, after all, could understand him, for did not the nature of temptation extract from him a pledge of silence? He split the firewood, he bound Isaac, he lit the fire, he drew the knife. He discussed them beforehand in Lectures delivered before the Symparanekromenoi and The Unhappiest Man.