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Without Authority: The Lily in the Field and the Bird of the Air, Two Ethical-Religious Essays, Three Dicourses at the Communion on Fridays, an Upbuilding Discourse, two

Kierkegaard, Sren;Kierkegaard, Soren;Hong, Howard Vincent;Hong, Edna Hatlestad

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ISBN 10: 0691012393 / ISBN 13: 9780691012391
Published by Princeton Univ Pr, Ewing, New, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Without Authority: The Lily in the Field and...

Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr, Ewing, New

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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"Without authority," a phrase Kierkegaard repeatedly applied to himself and his writings, is an appropriate title for this volume of five short works that in various ways deal with the concept and practice of authority. The Lily in the Field and the Bird of the Air contemplates the teaching authority of these creatures based on three different passages in the Gospels. The first of Two Ethical-Religious Essays mediates on the ethics of Jesus' martyrdom; the second contrasts the authority of the genius with that of the apostle. The remaining works--Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1849), An Upbuilding Discourse (1850), and Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1851)--are meditations on sin, forgiveness, and the power of love.

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"Without authority," a phrase Kierkegaard repeatedly applied to himself and his writings, is an appropriate common title for this volume of five short works that in various ways deal with the concept and practice of authority. The Lily in the Field and the Bird of the Air presupposes the teaching authority of the lily and the bird, derived from the authoritative Gospel injunction to learn from them. Two EthicalReligious Essays deal with the limits of authorization for a witness to the truth and with the contrast between the authority of the genius and that of the apostle. The remaining works Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays, An Up building Discourse, and Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridays presuppose Gospel authority in meditations on forgiveness and the power of love.

After deciding to end his career as an author with the publication of Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Kierkegaard nevertheless became absorbed in a fruitful second authorship after the Corsair Affair. The present five works, together with Practice in Christianity, On My Work as an Author, The Sickness unto Death, and For Self Examination, published during the same period (184951), represent the close of the second writing career. The preface to Two Discourses opens with a comprehensive paragraph that concludes the second period of writing, embraces the first, and defines the whole.

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