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By Koral Ward

Augenblick, that means actually 'In the blink of an eye', describes a 'decisive second' in time that's either fleeting but momentously eventful, even epoch-makingly major. during this publication Koral Ward investigates the advance of the concept that into one of many center principles in Western existential philosophy along such thoughts as anxiousness and person freedom. Ward examines the total volume of the assumption of the 'decisive moment', within which an individual's whole life-project is open to an intensive reorientation. From its inception in Kierkegaard's works to the writings of Jaspers and Heidegger, she attracts on an enormous array of assets past simply the normal figures of nineteenth and twentieth century Continental philosophy, discovering rules and examples in images, cinema, song, paintings, and the fashionable novel.

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In this chapter, then, I will tease out a problem concerning two different translations of Fragments where the word ‘moment’ is rendered in different and perhaps conflicting ways. The relation between ‘the god’ [Guden] and human being is, for Kierkegaard, necessary to an understanding of the moment as a matter of faith. Following the development of the concept from ‘an atom of time’ to its elevated sense as the moment of the incarnation of Christ and its consequent moment of ‘subjective appropriation’, we find its culmination in a more ‘replete sense’ as ‘an atom of eternity’ or the ‘fulness of time’.

11 The Concept of Anxiety reflects Kierkegaard’s personal history, concerned as it is with existential anxiety, a state to which he was no stranger. 12 The unfolding of ideas follows a progression through stages or individual ‘moments’ [Momenter], the very naming of one of Kierkegaard’s works as Stages on Life’s Way illustrates the importance of the progression of an individual through aesthetic, ethical, and religious stages of existence. The concepts which Kierkegaard addresses in various works also pass through stages in their own development toward a higher, and deeper meaning.

There is no direct progression of the concept from Kierkegaard to Nietzsche, unlike the cases of Jaspers and Heidegger, who derive major aspects of their concept directly from Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. Yet there are some striking similarities between their renditions of the Augenblick, along with fresh strands which emerge independently in Nietzsche. A central idea is the elevation of the Augenblick from its place as a moment in ordinary time to one with a relation with ‘the eternal’ and the notion of escaping or transcending the temporal domain through an immediate and intense experience, or in reflection.

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