Does Anti-Climacus' abstractness in his essay in Sickness Unto Death mean that he is in despair?
- Anonymous9 months ago
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- j153eLv 79 months ago
So many people ask this question...(lol).
Is "abstractness" the correct descriptor of Anti-Climacus? Might "anti-clamoring" better indicate that despair is primary, and calmness is therewith a symptom, an indicator, of healthy despair, aka rational emo as a dialectic between "can't climb the ladder of divine ascent by reason alone" and, recognizing this, becoming emoitionally charged toward a Knight of Faith move? Prior to Anti-Climacus, Johannes Climacus is a reasoning type who simply doesn't become a Knight of Faith, but tries to rationalize philosophy into genuine Christian faith. C. S. Lewis might term this an example of "bad philosophy," for an antidote to which is perhaps why he titles his character "John [Johannes] Climacus"--the name of a well-known Jacob's Ladder of divine ascent 7th century Christian Saint whose work "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" developed a Saint Teresa of Avila-like "Interior Castle" model of genuinely and lovingly lived virtue. Soren is perhaps constructing a straw person, ironically named John Climacus, perhaps more indicative of Soren's position in 19th century Danish churchianity, finding social friction (cf Gaston Bachelard's theory) too great to be soteriological (the real Saint John Climacus did live an ascetic or monastic life in and around Mount Sinai).
So, in sum, would demur from characterizing Anti-Climacus as "abstract," rather, as a Soren surrogate aspect being healthily and positively motivated by dialectic of self and society toward a Knight of Faith move, rather than failing to be more than an ivory tower type of rationalist theologian. Ironically, Saint John Climacus' actual practice is the essence of a Knight of Faith, rather than that of a rationalizing theologican, which Soren uses the name to indicate. Imho, Saint John Climacus goes straight to the mark of the high calling, whereas Soren has to do battle with Knights of Infinite Resignation, aka infinite regress (cf C. S. Lewis' "Pilgrim's Regress") as in Solomon's noting of too many books not well handled ---> tedium rather than Te Deum.
The Christian philosopher-writer Soren Kierkegaard is perhaps likened unto a cartoonist drawing Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. The Coyote characters ~ = Kierkegaard's perception of churchianity and the traps such fashions in place of genuine Faith and Soul. The various Road Runners, like Anti-Climacus, are aspects of Soren Kierkegaard's Knight of Faithness, and Soren is not going to place himself in a specific Road Runner character, as the Coyote attacks come from all angles ("the serpent even quoteth Scripture").