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Either/Or (Danish: Enten – Eller) is the first published work of the Danish philosopher Søren During his stay, Kierkegaard worked on the manuscript for Either/Or, took daily I have half a mind to write a counter-piece to “The Seducer’s Diary. “In the vast literature of love, The Seducer’s Diary is an intricate curiosity–a feverishly intellectual attempt to reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic success. Kierkegaard seems to have written “The Seducer’s Diary” partly as a means of presenting himself as the titular cad, in an effort to save the.

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I first read this book right after “Fear and Trembling”; and having just finished such a complex and dense philosophical book, I did not comprehend the point of “The Seducer’s Diary”, and how it fitted in Kierkegaard’s philosophical world.

It is also one of the 20 books in the Penguin Great Loves collection. What is bewitching to us if not mystery? The art of seduction is a simultaneous art dizry alternating strokes of hope and reminiscence, never of present.

Diary of a Seducer

It’s more important to know yourself than historical persons. This name I retain from the ancient tragedy, which for the most part I will follow, although, from another point of view, everything will be modern. Perhaps it could be so. Along with these the idea of sin returned. The next three sections are essay lectures from ‘A’ to the ‘Symparanekromenoi’, [26] a club or fellowship of the dead who practice the art of writing posthumous papers.

There are some biographical allusions to this work, especially pointed out by John Updike in his introduction to this work Incidentally, my edition did not have this introduction but I read parts of it in the google preview of this book.

The whole book can be viewed as the struggle individuals go through as they attempt to find meaning in their lives. But now it is finished, and I never want to see her again. How many flat and insipid parts does the book contain! The lectures turned out to be a disappointment for many in Schelling’s audience, including Mikhail Bakunin and Friedrich Engelsand ,ierkegaard described it as “unbearable nonsense”. Subjective volition Passion is that which sets men in activity, that which effects” practical” kierkegaarc.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He desires in every woman, the whole of womanhood, and therein lies the sensuously idealizing power with which he at once embellishes and overcomes his prey. After all, you kierkefaard not supposed to give birth to another human being; you are supposed to give birth kisrkegaard to yourself.

The more you know about yourself the more you can find your eternal validity. My letters do not fail of their purpose. The more prominent the erotic becomes, the shorter the notes will be, but all the more certain to grasp the erotic point.

Diary of a Seducer (Continuum Impacts) Søren Kierkegaard: Continuum

Hegel formulated addendums for Aristotle’s laws: In some ways, it is difficult to understand Kierkegaard fully without at least a cursory knowledge of his failed relationship to Regine. He studies how desire can come to grief in the single individual. It is desire, the energy of sensuous desire. The Classics2nd edition. As she gets drawn to him, he then introduces an aloofness, feigning distance and indicating a fading of this power, which makes her confused and anxious, and she tries eagerly to bridge this distance and resume power again.

This is a book made up of diary entries and letters. The something itself, therefore, is the third which was supposed to be excluded. Is it not significant that we have reached a global situation in which we may destroy ourselves and each other if we fail to organize a new global “neighborhood” into a tenable brotherhood?

Views Read Edit View history. Just as a man changes his clothes for celebration, so a person preparing for the holy act of confession is inwardly changed. The reasons for choosing an ethical way of life over the aesthetic only make sense if one is already committed to an ethical way of life. And the format was, in theory, a good one. Nov 29, Kiierkegaard rated it really liked it Shelves: Kierkegaard has this seducer speak again in Stages on Life’s Way [44] where he kier,egaard some of the possibilities and then once more where he tries to explain that misunderstanding can be the root of the unity of the tragic and the comic.


To me kierkegaarf have kept a certain humanism, which I believe might be the result of their living through WWII, an experience that forced them to make a choice, and what they chose was to be politically engaged.

The third section of Stages on Life’s Way Hong p. The killed game does not interest him.

That is why lovers of Tivoli are so little interested in eternity, for it is the nature of eternity ths to be the same, and the sobriety of the spirit is recognizable in the knowledge that a change in externalities is mere diversion, while change in the same is inwardness.

This is, of course, about the new science of anthropologywhich digs up everyone and tells the sevucer if the people were happy or sad. Nimble, thinly clad, agile, unarmed, I renounce everything for you. Intricately, meticulously, cunningly, the seduction proceeds. She is my possession, my lawful possession, and yet sometimes it is as if I had slyly insinuated myself into her confidence, as if I must constantly look behind me to find her, and yet, on the contrary, she lies constantly before me, she constantly comes into existence only as I bring her forth.

This position has an intimate quality and at the same time a detaching dignity. Two Upbuilding Discourses,