Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 1992-06-03
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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There is much to be learned philosophically from this volume, but philosophical instruction was not Kierkegaard's aim here, except in the broad sense of self-knowledge and deepened awareness. Indicating the intention of the discourses, the titles include "The Expectancy of Faith," "Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sins," "Strengthening in the Inner Being," "To Gain One's Soul in Patience," "Patience in Expectancy," and "Against Cowardliness." In tone and substance these works are in accord with the concluding words of encouragement inEither/Or, which was paired with the first volume of discourses: "Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it--and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart's indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you--for only the truth that builds up is truth for you."

Table of Contents

Historical Introductionp. ix
Two Upbuilding Discourses (1843)p. 1
The Expectancy of Faithp. 7
Every Good and Every Perfect Gift Is from Abovep. 31
Three Upbuilding Discourses (1843)p. 49
Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sinsp. 55
Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sinsp. 69
Strengthening in the Inner Beingp. 79
Four Upbuilding Discourses (1843)p. 103
The Lord Gave, and the Lord Took Away; Blessed Be the Name of the Lordp. 109
Every Good Gift and Every Perfect Gift Is from Abovep. 125
Every Good Gift and Every Perfect Gift Is from Abovep. 141
To Gain One's Soul in Patiencep. 159
Two Upbuilding Discourses (1844)p. 177
To Preserve One's Soul in Patiencep. 181
Patience in Expectancyp. 205
Three Upbuilding Discourses (1844)p. 227
Think about Your Creator in the Days of Your Youthp. 233
The Expectancy of an Eternal Salvationp. 253
He Must Increase; I Must Decreasep. 275
Four Upbuilding Discourses (1844)p. 291
To Need God Is a Human Being's Highest Perfectionp. 297
The Thorn in the Fleshp. 327
Against Cowardlinessp. 347
One Who Prays Aright Struggles in Prayer and Is Victorious--in That God Is Victoriousp. 377
Supplementp. 403
Key to Referencesp. 404
Original Title Pagesp. 406
Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers Pertaining to Eighteen Upbuilding Discoursesp. 423
Editorial Appendixp. 491
Acknowledgmentsp. 493
Collation of the Six Volumes of Upbuilding Discourses in the Danish Editions of Kierkegaard's Collected Worksp. 495
Notesp. 503
Bibliographical Notep. 539
Indexp. 541
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