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  • iain3232000
    Dear Ron, Both of these descriptions: Knight of Faith , and Tragic hero , are illustrated in Fear and Trembling in Problema 1: Is there a teleological
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 6, 2003
      Dear Ron, Both of these descriptions: 'Knight of Faith', and 'Tragic
      hero', are illustrated in 'Fear and Trembling' in Problema 1: Is
      there a teleological suspension of the ethical?, and Problema 2: Is
      there an absolute duty to God?. Both of these characters, are
      compared by showing their differences and similarities. K. compares
      these two characters to show their relationship to faith, and the
      methods which they use in their approach to it.
      'Let us consider more closely the distress and dread in the paradox
      of faith. The tragic hero renounces himself in order to express the
      universal, the Knight of faith renounces the universal in order to
      become the individual.' (K. 'Fear and Trembling' Problema 2 pg. 103
      Penguin Classics)
      The tragic hero is faced with choosing between what he wishes to do
      and what is his duty to do. He renounces these on one level, but
      replaces these by performing them on another level. As K. says 'When
      a son forgets his duty, when the state entrusts the father with the
      sword of judgment, when the laws demand punishment at the father's
      hand, then it is with heroism that the father must forget that the
      guilty one is his son. Nobly will he hide his pain, but in the nation
      there will be not one, not even the son, who fails to admire the
      father, and every time the laws of Rome are interpreted it will be
      recalled that mny interpreted them more learnedly but none more
      gloriously than Brutus.'(K., 'F&T' Problema 1 pg. 87)
      It is a father's duty to protect his son, yet in such circumstances,
      the father becomes the 'tragic hero' because he renounces his
      previous duty as a father, to replace it with an ethically more noble
      duty, i.e. to bring his son's crime to justice.
      One main characteristic is that the 'tragic hero' remains within the
      ethical sphere.
      I'll continue this message later, for now other duties call...sorry.
      I'll elaborate on these topics soon. Iain.
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