Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2013 (1):345-376 (2013)

Gerhard Schreiber
Frankfurt University
Who is Kierkegaard’s target, when he criticizes the philosophical ‘volatilization’ of Christian faith? In this paper I will argue that Kierkegaard’s early dispute with Immanuel Hermann Fichte in the spring of 1837 can be considered not only as the background of this critique, but also as the key to its proper understanding. After outlining the argument in Fichte’s book The Idea of Personality and Individual Continuity in Section I, I will provide an interpreta-tion of Kierkegaard’s critical remarks on the younger Fichte in journal entry AA:22 in Section II. In Section III, I will then explore the relation between AA:22 and the journal entry CC:12, in which Kierkegaard for the first time expresses his critique of the philosophical ‘volatilization’ of central Christian concepts. Here I hope to show that, according to Kierkegaard, the philosophical ‘volatilization’ of Christian faith consists in the inappropriate usage of this concept within the philosophical realm, a misuse which results from conflating the realms and boundaries of philosophy and Christianity
Keywords Kierkegaard  Immanuel Hermann Fichte  Personality  volatilization  faith
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1515/kier.2013.2013.1.345
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,714
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Ein neu aufgefundener Brief von F. W. J. Schelling an Immanuel Hermann Fichte.Hermann Ehret - 1958 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 12 (2):278 - 281.
Immanuel Hermann Fichte.Author unknown - 2001 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Glaube und "Unmittelbarkeit" bei Kierkegaard.Gerhard Schreiber - 2010 - Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2010 (1):391-425.
Immanuel Hermann Von Fichte.A. E. Kroeger - 1879 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 13 (4):403 -.
Lebensanschauung und Glaube beim jungen Kierkegaard.Gerhard Schreiber - 2012 - Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2012 (1):171-198.
The Moral Argument for the Existence of God and Immortality.Roe Fremstedal - 2013 - Journal of Religious Ethics 41 (1):50-78.
Nishidas Auseinandersetzung mit Fichte.Katsuaki Okada - 2000 - Fichte-Studien 18:189-203.
Kierkegaard and Camus: Either/Or? [REVIEW]Daniel Berthold - 2013 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 73 (2):137-150.


Added to PP index

Total views
15 ( #683,349 of 2,462,719 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,387 of 2,462,719 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes