The modal gap: the objective problem of Lessing's ditch(es) and Kierkegaard's subjective reply

@article{Benton2006TheMG,
  title={The modal gap: the objective problem of Lessing's ditch(es) and Kierkegaard's subjective reply},
  author={Matthew A. Benton},
  journal={Religious Studies},
  year={2006},
  volume={42},
  pages={27 - 44}
}
This essay expands upon the suggestion that Lessing's infamous ‘ditch’ is actually three ditches: temporal, metaphysical, and existential gaps. It examines the complex problems these ditches raise, and then proposes that Kierkegaard's Fragments and Postscript exhibit a similar triadic organizational structure, which may signal a deliberate attempt to engage and respond to Lessing's three gaps. Viewing the Climacean project in this way offers an enhanced understanding of the intricacies of… 

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