Philosophy reading group: Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling

Course Dates: 30/10/24 - 27/11/24
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Online
Fear and Trembling is a moving, challenging and influential work of philosophy: short but powerful. This course will offer an introduction to the work of Kierkegaard, explanation of some of the book’s knottier passages and group discussion.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Philosophy reading group: Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
  • Course Code: HP129
  • Dates: 30/10/24 - 27/11/24
  • Time: 18:30 - 20:00
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Karl White

Course Code: HP129

Wed, eve, 30 Oct - 27 Nov '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Reading through Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling; unpicking basic meanings, deeper meanings and hidden meanings in the text; and discussing the key ideas within it.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Kierkegaard: life, main philosophical preoccupations and style of philosophy
- Ethics and the place of religion
- The Paradox of Faith
- Endings: What are we living towards?
- Hegel’s Absolute
- The “teleological suspension of the ethical”
- Existentialism.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Critically assess one of the most significant texts in modern philosophy by sharing your opinions on specific arguments in the text, as well as understanding and analysing their context (within the text and historically).

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for beginners and no previous knowledge of philosophy is required. An open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of philosophy skill. You will need to be proficient in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

We will be reading through the whole text of Fear and Trembling in weekly excerpts with close reading in the class. The excerpts will be 15-20 pages long each week, and will be summarised at the start of each class. I can also provide reading guidance materials if desired.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course will be online via Zoom. You may want to purchase a copy of Fear and Trembling. We will be using this translation:
Penguin Classics, Kierkegaard, S. and Hannay, A., Fear and Trembling, London, 1995 -

Second-hand copies are usually available from Abe Books, Oxfam, World of Books, etc.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look out for Kate's next philosophy reading group on Nietzche's Twilight of the Idols (HP178), starting in March 2025.

Karl White

Karl White completed a Ph.D on the Romanian-French philosopher EM Cioran at King’s College London, having originally been educated at University College Cork. He has tutored students of all ages at university level in various areas such as Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy and Film, and Classical Civilisation. He has published work on Samuel Beckett and written educational works on Shakespeare. He believes in making philosophy accessible to people of all backgrounds and educational levels and promoting lively and open discussion in the shared journey of learning.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.