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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One might question whether this would really make things easier for the rejected party!

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this one long chapter, except that the author is trying to take pride in a romantic failure. Is all that is deliberate cold? February 20, University bookshop Reitzel, Copenhagen first English translation.

He writes letters for the dead like the historians do. Maybe he wrote in anger after he learned about Regine’s marriage to another man.

He is at once both key actor in and passive observer of her seduction, obsessively analysing every minute detail. La figura del seduttore ne esce trionfante?

Translated by David F. On the contrary, it can become very hard; it may become more difficult than the contemptible easiness of sensate human life, but in this difficulty life also acquires ever deeper and deeper meaning.

August Strindberg, Growth of a Soul Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! In this book Kierkegaard shows the characteristics and the limits of aestetic life: What can it be besides a specific strain of mystery? Quotes from The Seducer’s Diary. He can conceive the object of his affection in only a cold and distant way because he is subconsciously afraid of exposing himself to the enterprise of failure.


But every existence that wills something thereby indirectly judges, and the person who wills the category indirectly judges him who does not will. Take me by surprise, I am ready. When his soul became anxious, he called to it and said: Awake, the difference between myself and my other is posited; sleeping, it is suspended; dreamingit is an intimated nothing.

Next post February 15, The marriage plebiscite: View all 12 comments. This is indeed the way it is; the world around us is inconstant and can be changed into the opposite at any moment, and there is not one person who can force this change by his own might or by the conjuration of his wish.

The Seducer’s Diary by Søren Kierkegaard

My view of life is a different one, and I force myself to the best of my ability to hold my life to the category and hold it firmly. What I find especially interesting is that this short piece is essential to his work since eventually Regine the fictional Cordelia became his muse. Translated by Howard and Edna Hong. That is why all eminent individualities are also compelled, they are instruments.

It implies that there is nothing that is neither A nor not-A, that there is not a third that is indifferent to the opposition. To me they 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.

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Diary of a Seducer

This is a book made up of diary entries and letters. There is indeed enough freedom of action in this to make us love Antigone for her sisterly affection, but in kierkwgaard necessity of fate there is also, as it were, a higher refrain which envelops not only the life of Oedipus but also his entire family.

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But boredom, it turns out, always catches you in the end. We all want to be in the right and never in the wrong. Kierkegaard has been writing against reading about love instead of discovering love.

If one were to read these as written they would show a constant movement from the outer poetic experience to the kkierkegaard experience of humor.

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Commitments, like friendship and marriage, are cornerstones of a responsible ethical way of existence. Therefore all finite differences fade away before him in comparison with the main thing: But this also implies he is in the very highest disfavor.

The Seducer’s Diary

It reduces women to sites for the agency of men, mere mechanisms for producing sex and comfort. Or do you think I am not worthy? Then he called to his soul and said: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Why did she not use the freedom they had granted her? Was it for the sake of society to which one was under obligations? Only faith can rescue the individual from these two opposing realms. Swenson, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, lectured on Kierkegaard’s three modes of life in With that knowledge, though, the whole thing becomes tragically ironic, and the narrator’s frequent references to past conquests go from comically obnoxious to desperately sad especially since Kierkegaard is believed to have remained celibate for the rest of his life.

Certainly not like the author’s style