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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The object of his desire is accordingly, when one rightly considers him aesthetically, something more than the mere sensuous. 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 seducdr, a wound masked as a boast. Now he discovers that the self he chooses has a boundless multiplicity within itself inasmuch as it has a history, a history in which he acknowledges identity with himself.

For it must be understood that this latter is the realization of Freedom, i. The second volume represents the ethical stage. It’s a shame this book is much less than it could be, even considering the ages passed. I will be your poet. He’s lost in the kierlegaard of the “1, women he has to seduce”. An effect of this abstraction is that no esducer notices the first, and this is precisely the art, and through it the true infinitizing of the first is conditioned.

The difference kiierkegaard that the pursuit of pleasure is tempered with ethical values and responsibilities. These things are not consistent. Both German and Danish citizens were reading this book. What did she expect? When a girl has given away everything, she is weak, she has lost everything… Now all resistance is impossible, and to love is beautiful only as long as resistance is present; as soon as it ceases, to love is weakness and habit.

Kierkegaard may have been responding to what Hegel wrote about “divine commands and the State and country and community and Freedom and Reason”.


You know that you must not wish-and thereupon he went further.

There are no ethics in art. The word ‘diapsalmata’ is related to ‘ psalms ‘, and means “refrains”. And the format was, in theory, a good one.

The Seducer’s Diary

Mephistopheles says he’s “speaking like some Don Juan”. I placed the words in her mouth, and yet it is as if I abused her confidence; to me, it thee as if she stood reproachfully behind me, and yet it is the other way around, in her mystery she becomes ever more and more visible.

Translated by Howard and Edna Hong. Kierrkegaard and Poetry, from My Own Life vol 1, 2 [56]. He shifts between painful autobiography and absorbing fiction seamlessly. What I find especially interesting is that this short piece is essential to his work since eventually Regine the fictional Cordelia became his muse.

He, too has a history, and this is not simply a product of his own free acts.

Either/Or – Wikipedia

And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility! Subjective volition Kierketaard is that which sets men in activity, that which effects” practical” realization. And he taught daily in the temple.

Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, Hong translation, p. Both can choose to love each other but the “how” of love is what Kierkegaard is getting at. He sees the girl, and he is determined to make her his. You are outside yourself and therefore cannot do without the other as opposition; you believe that only a restless spirit is alive, and all who are experienced believe that only a quiet spirit is truly alive. When a person turns and faces himself in order to understand himself, he steps, as it were, in the way of that first self, halts that which was turned outward in hankering for and seeking after the surrounding world that is its object, and summons it back from the external.

Scott Moore’s Summary of the Diary”. All you can do is ask “why”? It’s a philosopher I thoroughly enjoy Fear and Trembling, for example, is brilliantwriting about a subject that’s always intriguing young love gone wrongwith an approach that is sure to be complicated and thoughtful trying to make himself look like the bad guy. It is the very object of the State that what is essential in the practical activity of men, and in their dispositions, should be duly recognized; that it should have a manifest existence, and maintain its position.


Kierkegaard responds to him in this way:. When the heterogeneous is sustained the way I have sustained it, then both parties are right in saying that they love.

The notes give distant and vague hints of the highest.

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

In my opinion, when falling in love is separated from this-please note, the eternal from falling in love-one can properly speak only of what is left over, which would be the same as talking like a midwife, who does not beat about the bush, or like a dead and departed one who, “seared to spirit,” does not feel stimulus. He wrote against the practice of reading reviews instead of the actual books themselves. Or would I understand the book as I read? The hunter is in fact the doomed quarry.

The aesthete, according to Kierkegaard’s model, will eventually find himself in “despair”, a psychological state explored further in Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Anxiety and The Sickness Unto Death that results from a recognition of the limits of the aesthetic approach to life. The unhappy girl would retain the consciousness of it with double bitterness because there was not the slightest thing she could appeal to. We all want to be in the right and never in the wrong.

The first section of Either is a collection of many tangential tjeepigramsanecdotes and musings on the aesthetic mode of life. The third section of Stages on Life’s Way Hong p.