An Imperfect Paradise: Recasting the Post-Lapsarian Subject

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Title: An Imperfect Paradise: Recasting the Post-Lapsarian Subject
Author: Franz, Marisa Karyl
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Philosophy
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: This paper consists of an examination of Hegel and Kierkegaard’s ideas of the fall and how redemption can occur once the subject has become a post-lapsarian one. Both Hegel and Kierkegaard recognize the fall as a positive move away from ignorance, and therefore do not want a paradise regained, where the corporal post-lapsarian self is negated. Rather, both present a reinterpretation of redemption in which the subject must learn to use the abilities of reason gained in the fall to recast paradise within the post-lapsarian mortal context. While Hegel and Kierkegaard present two different theologies, their core concerns are the same. This paper seeks to demonstrate how their shared conceptual base and divergent interpretations can be seen as representing the importance of continuing philosophical examinations into this area of idealism.
Subject: Fall of man -- Philosophy
Subject: Idealism
Subject: Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Redemption
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