Chapter 3. Repetition, Fear and Trembling, and More Discourses

  1. M. Jamie Ferreira

Published Online: 12 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304657.ch3



How to Cite

Ferreira, M. J. (2008) Repetition, Fear and Trembling, and More Discourses, in Kierkegaard, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304657.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 OCT 2008

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Great Minds

Book Series Editors:

  1. Steven Nadler

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405142779

Online ISBN: 9781444304657



  • Repetition and Fear and Trembling - volume of upbuilding discourses;
  • “the same sameness”;
  • Constantius's stipulation - repetition is achievable - only where freedom is actualized in a qualitative transition to a transcendent order of consciousness;
  • imaginatively constructing - earnestness and jest;
  • “The Lord gave and the Lord took away”;
  • title, Fear and Trembling, recalls St Paul's letter urging Philippians to work out their salvation “in fear and trembling”;
  • three “Problems” now begin to expose “the dialectical aspects implied in the story of Abraham”;
  • more upbuilding discourses;
  • three upbuilding discourses;
  • Kierkegaard's way of dealing with his faith in god


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Repetition

  • Fear and Trembling

  • More Upbuilding Discourses of 1843

  • further reading