T‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍he theme: In the first “Problema” of Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard

T‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍he theme: In the first “Problema” of Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard — or his spokesman, “Johannes de Silentio” — considers whether there may be a “teleological suspension” of our ordinary ethical duties in the recognition of a yet higher duty to God. In a paper of about eight pages, please explain: 1. how Kierkegaard — or Johannes — addresses this “Problema”. 2. whether — or to what extent — Nietzsche could agree with what he says there. Format: The paper should be double-spaced in a dignified 12-pt font. It should have your name on it. It should also have a title. The pages should be numbered. You do not need to include a bibliography, but you should cite quotations appropriately. You’re neither required nor encouraged to consult additional sources — and you’re especially discouraged from using online sources apart from this one. But if you can’t help it, you must cite them appropriately. The exact method of citation is not important so long as you give credit where credit is due. Plagiarized papers may receive a grade of “F”. Advice to authors: – Answer the question. This may seem obvious, but many students worry that they will have got something wrong or left something out if they come down on one side or the other. In fact, the opposite is true. Unless it’s possible to disagree with what you have said, you won’t have said anything at all. – Support your answer with evidence. In this kind of assignment, you must be able to give plausible reasons to support‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ your conclusions. Sometimes these reasons will be claims about justice and goodness that everyone (or almost everyone) would accept; sometimes they will be the views expressed by the authors we read. In either case, you should be sure to state the evidence clearly and fairly, and to explain its significance. – Organize your paper around the answer. It may help to make an outline ahead of time. The outline would contain all the important points you’re going to make, as well as the supporting evidence, in an order that is easy to follow and builds toward an interesting conclusion. Each paragraph should have a clear purpose, and the purpose should be clearly marked. If you find you’re unable to make an outline, that’s a good sign that you’re not yet ready to start writing. – Avoid filler. Everything in the paper should support your answer to the question. There’s no need to add biographical data, . “Kierkegaard was a Danish thinker of the 19th century whose ideas influenced countless generations of philosophers”; or bland generalities, . “Since the dawn of time man has pondered ethical questions”. You can assume the reader knows this kind of thing. Your task is to address the assigned theme, and only that theme. You won’t be marked off simply for failing to write enough pages. The page guideline is simply to give you an idea of the scope of and limits of this assignment. – Keep it simple. Generally speaking, your essay should make sense to a person of average intelligence with little or no experie‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍nce in philosophy. Above all, do not try to write like Nietzsche.

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