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The Genealogy of ViolenceReflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil$
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Charles K. Bellinger

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134982.001.0001

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Creation and Angst in Kierkegaard

Creation and Angst in Kierkegaard

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(p.28) 2 Creation and Angst in Kierkegaard
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The Genealogy of Violence
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Charles K. Bellinger (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195134982.003.0003

The Christian idea that creation is an ongoing event is found at the heart of Kierkegaard's thought. The incompleteness of creation lies behind the uniquely human emotion: angst (which arises out of the nondetermined nature of human psychology). The fall into sin occurs when humans seek to manage their angst by removing themselves from the process of creation. Kierkegaard's concept of angst is contrasted with the concept of fear in David Hume and Ernest Becker.

Keywords:   angst, anxiety, Becker, Continuing creation, Hume, sin

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