The rhetorics of the upbuilding discourses
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Kierkegaard did not understand language solely in terms of its own internal structures and functions. For language to mean anything it is necessary for it to become actual, for the indeterminacy of the relationship between the representational medium and spiritual intentionality to be actualised in concrete and determinate communicative action, with the qualification that any such finite moment of understanding remains in tension towards a final, eschatological disclosure that is not an occurrence within the time of human life. But what decides whether such actualisation occurs? Is it a kind of inexplicable grace, a spirit blowing where and as it will (whether that grace is ascribed to ‘language’ itself or, perhaps, to God)? Or can we somehow assist its advent?