By Koral Ward
Augenblick, that means actually 'In the blink of an eye', describes a 'decisive second' in time that's either fleeting but momentously eventful, even epoch-makingly major. during this e-book, Koral Ward investigates the advance of the idea that into one of many middle rules in Western existential philosophy along such options as nervousness and person freedom.Ward examines the entire volume of the assumption of the 'decisive moment', during which an individual's whole life-project is open to a thorough reorientation. From its inception in Kierkegaard's works to the writings of Jaspers and Heidegger, she attracts on an enormous array of resources past simply the normal figures of nineteenth and twentieth century Continental philosophy, discovering rules and examples in images, cinema, tune, paintings, and the trendy novel.
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Neither has it the sense of loss or ‘sadness’ felt in recollection of what is passed. What is in the past is no longer new, it is finished with. But the moment is not simply something new either, Constantius explains: ‘it is only of the new one grows tired’, one constantly wants something new and is never satisfied. The moment properly experienced as repetition is sure and certain and secure. It is blissful and a blessing. 158 O ne who has come to themself in the moment acquires a new ‘organ’ or mode of understanding which is faith, is a wholly new ability as well as a new awareness.
214. Kierkegaard, Fragments, Hong, p. 72. 86 Works of L ove, p. 97. 87 Ibid. 88 Kierkegaard, C hristian Discourses (O xford University Press, New York, 1961), p. 103. , pp. 104–105. 90 Martinez, R oy, ‘Kierkegaard’s Ideal of Inward Deepening’, Philosophy Today, Summer, 1988; 32, p. 110. 84 85 Of Time and The E ternal, Søren K ierkegaard’s Moment [Øieblik] 19 Transition, Change and the Leap The Interlude then, is a transitional stage, a pause for, or of thought before moving toward a resolution.
P. 89. 116 Kierkegaard, The C oncept of Anxiety, p. 93. Kierkegaard’s bold. 117 Swenson, Something About K ierkegaard, pp. 209–10. 118 Kierkegaard, The C oncept of Anxiety, p. 87. 119 In the everyday experience of time, as it ‘skulks along loiteringly and yet so amazingly fast’120 the danger is that, absorbed in activities we miss the significance of the present moment. Correspondingly, when concentration of ‘mind and energy’ is focused too much on the temporal moment ‘then vision is lost’. Kierkegaard’s character of the Seducer in E ither/Or is representative of one who lives ‘in the moment’ in such a way, a ‘Don Juan’ immersed in an aesthetic existence and engrossed in ‘an enjoyment of isolated moments’, a ‘perversion of the moment’ proper.
Augenblick: The Concept of the ‘Decisive Moment’ in 19th- and 20th-Century Western Philosophy by Koral Ward