Speechless: The Language of Existentialism
In Fear and Trembling, de Silentio says repeatedly that Abraham cannot speak about the awful sacrifice God demands of him. The challenge then falls to de Silentio to try to understand Abraham in his particularity without hearing from Abraham directly. In this paper, I claim that Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling is about more than faith. It also exemplifies a desire to understand the other when direct communication is not possible.