Topics Worth Investigating

  1. Using the story of Abraham and Isaac, show the difference between the ethical and the religious approach to Abraham's dilemma (or "objective uncertainty").

  2. Explain the Kierkegaard's use of these key concepts: the absurd, paradox, the leap, faith, subjectivity, and truth. Is there a kind of relativity of truth in the implicit distinction between Socratic truth (the ethical) and subjective truth (the religious).

  3. How can we distinguish between someone "in the truth" and a lunatic?

  4. Explain why you think Kierkegaard believes we have an absolute duty to God? What is the role of rational thought in our everyday lives?