Friday, January 18, 2013

Well, it's a new year...

...and I've gotten off to a slow start blogging. I won't bore anyone with the details, but part of it involved a defective laptop. Anyway, the new term at Oxford is underway, and I don't have anything too exciting to mention (but everything's going well!). So, here's a little food for thought from the man himself, S.K. (from Concluding Unscientific Postscript)

"The object of faith is the actuality of another person; its relation is an infinite interestedness. The object of faith is not a doctrine, for then the relation is intellectual, and the point is not to bungle it but to reach the maximum of the intellectual relation. The object of faith is not a teacher who has a doctrine, for when a teacher has a doctrine, then the doctrine is eo ipso more important than the teacher, and the relation is intellectual... But the object of faith is the actuality of the teacher, that the teacher actually exists. Therefore faith’s answer is... not in relation to a doctrine, whether it is true or not, not in relation to a teacher, whether his doctrine is true or not, but is the answer to the question about a fact: Do you accept as fact that he actually has existed? Please note that the answer is with infinite passion."


Anonymous said...

Hey Geoff,
I just read your paper on Philosophy, Theology, and the Narrative of Hope. Good stuff. I wanted to email you and introduce myself, but I can't find your email address anywhere online. So, I figured I would comment here and perhaps reach you that way.
Aaron Simmons
Furman University

Geoff said...

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for the comment -- nice to hear from you. I actually read an essay you wrote (at least I'm pretty sure it was you!) on Kierkegaard called "What about Isaac?" and really liked it a lot.

I'm glad you liked that paper; I think it's an idea that needs to 'cook a bit more', so to speak. Anyway, if you'd like to keep in touch, you can reach me at the g mail using 'gdargan'. Have a great weekend.