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 booklet, Koral Ward investigates the improvement of the idea that into one of many middle principles in Western existential philosophy along such recommendations as nervousness and person freedom.Ward examines the full quantity of the belief of the 'decisive moment', during which an individual's complete 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 unlimited array of resources past simply the traditional figures of nineteenth and twentieth century Continental philosophy, discovering principles and examples in images, cinema, tune, artwork, and the fashionable novel.
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152 The poet recovers his momentum, he has ‘taken’ his life ‘again’ in freedom, but he does more than merely resume that life as it was. The repetition he receives is not the regaining of his love which could never be the same twice, and the ‘thunderstorm’ occurs when his love marries another (as R egine O lsen did, effectively freeing Kierkegaard). When there is no longer any possibility of regaining her love, he regains instead his present, different to one he expected and yet he regains also his self.
117 Haufniensis asserts the ‘imperfection of the sensuous life’118 which has no regard for its past or future. Such a ‘God-forsaken moment’ 111 Kierkegaard, The Sickness U nto Death, A C hristian psychological E xposition for U pbuilding and Awakening (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1983), pp. 13–14 112 Martinez, R oy, ‘Kierkegaard’s Ideal of Inward Deepening’, Philosophy Today, Summer, 1988; 32, p. 110. , p. 88. , p. , p. 89. 116 Kierkegaard, The C oncept of Anxiety, p. 93. Kierkegaard’s bold.
Kierkegaard, Repetition, p. 135. , p. 34. Augenblick 28 using a later translation, has ‘the blissful security of the moment’156 [Øieblikkets salige Sikkerhed]. What is certain and secure about the moment is the fact that it has not the uncertainty of hope attendant with the expectation of a future good. Hope is alluring but can slip away. 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.
Augenblick: The Concept of the ‘Decisive Moment’ in 19th- and 20th-Century Western Philosophy by Koral Ward