Soren Kierkegaard on Truth and Faith

Document Type : Research Paper


Islamic Azad University, sciences and Researches Branch


Soren Kierkegaard considers truth from two aspects, objective and subjective, and accordingly classifies it. With respect to the importance of individual and his/her choice, truth is subjective. From the perspective of objective truth, truth is conceived as an object which is somehow related to the subject. From the perspective of subjective truth, the truth, itself, is concerned, even if it is not appeared objectively. Now the main question is that of the relation between truth and faith.   Subjective truth is an eternal truth connecting to the existence of man. Kierkegaard's discussion of truth aims at offering a justification of faith, in his special sense of faith, through showing that the believer is subjectively "in the truth". Faith or subjectively being in the truth is the highest truth attainable for an existing individual. 


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