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Name:  John Holladay
Title:  Professor of Humanities  /  Room C212.
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152 Western Philosophy Study Questions


"Individuality and Subjective Truth"


1. On what does Kierkegaard base his contention that "a crowd in its very concept is the untruth"? Do you agree? Provide original examples that either support or refute this contention.

2. What is, in Kierkegaard's view: "The most 'impolitic' thing that can be imagined"? Why? Give examples.

                    3.     Why is Kierkegaard so antagonistic toward the press?

4. Why does he feel, "The communicator of the truth can only be a single individual"?

                   5.    What would it take to be "aware of what human equality is"?

6. Kierkegaard says that he decided to write in order to make things harder. What things does he wish to make harder? Why?

7. What is the difference between subjective truth and objective truth-give original examples of each.

8. Why would we be wrong, in Kierkegaard's opinion, to suggest that the truth lies in a combination of both subjective and objective truth?

9. In what way does Kierkegaard consider Socrates' attitude toward God superior to modern theologians who can recite "proofs" of God's existence?

10. What leads him to the conclusion that, in essence: The greater the number of people who know the truth, the less the truth is known?

11. What is "the highest truth attainable for an existing individual"? How is it related to faith? State his formula in your own words and provide your own example.

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