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The Philosophical Concept of Fear

Ivan Koprek ; Filozofsko-teološki institut Družbe Isusove u Zagrebu, Zagreb, Hrvatska

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The author attempts to demonstrate that fear is not a mere irrational sentiment having no place in philosophy. From the tenets of ancient philosophy (which still expressed confidene in reason, the world and life), through the philosophical heritage of gnosis (loss of confidence in reason, the world and life), to contemporary philosophical directions, reason has been increasingly replaced by instinct. Man becomes a despairing mortal hounded by fear, confronting the emptiness of life, the world and his own nature. Within this context, the author attempts to outline the development of the recent history of western philosophical thought, examining some of the precepts of Hegel, Kierkegaard and Heidegger.


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