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 loved this work, mainly for Kierkegaard’s articulate expression of Johannes thoughts on love. I consume my own verse, and that will sustain me.

An essay discussing the idea that music expresses the spirit of sensuality. Many authors were interested in separating the esthetic, the ethical and the religious but it may disry been, as far as Kierkegaard was concerned, of more importance for the single individual to have a way to decide when one was becoming dominant over the other two.

If I look at a sheet of paper, there may seem to be nothing remarkable about it, but when I hold it up to the light and look through it, then I discover the delicate inner inscriptions, too ethereal, as it were, to be perceived directly. Scarcely had she resumed her home duties when they perceived that her temper had changed though her conduct was unaltered, she was forgetful, impatient, sad, oierkegaard dreamy; she wept in secret. He drives her to break off the engagement.

But just as Cordelia is ready to give herself completely she begins to understand what has happened. Is everything wonderful in love simply the gestures of seduction, the play, the production? That is why lovers of Tivoli are so little interested in eternity, for it is the nature of eternity always to be the same, and the sobriety of kieekegaard spirit is recognizable in the knowledge that a change in externalities is mere diversion, while change in the same is inwardness.

The Seducer’s Diary

But as has been shown, the law of identity itself contains the movement of reflection, identity as a vanishing of otherness. Other reviewers have considered this diaryy to be a bit out-of-date, as it gives account of behavior that is certainly not acceptable in our culture.


Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson. Each one knows what’s best for the other but neither knows what’s best for himself. She could only be constantly tossed about in a terrible witches’ dance at one moment reproaching herself forgiving him at another reproaching him and then since the relationship would only have been actual in a figurative sense she would constantly have to contend with the doubt seduce the whole thing might only have been an imagination.

The whole book can be viewed as the struggle individuals go through as they attempt to find meaning in their lives. Kierkegaard has been writing against reading about love instead of discovering love.

Johannes is essentially a professional seducer who pursues women only to the point that they are ready to give everything to him; then he abandons them, seeing them as tainted, and moves on to his next target. This is not meant to be a guide for how to seduce, in some cases stalk, a potential lover, though some may take it that way – it is actually a portrayal of the deterioration of the aesthetic life.

So I can’t begin to describe the disappointment I felt in reading this. It contains some of Kierkegaard’s most famous and poetic lines, such as “What is a poet? Mephistopheles says he’s “speaking like some Don Juan”.

The Seducer’s Diary by Søren Kierkegaard

For it must be understood that this latter is the realization of Freedom, i. Nov 29, Foad rated it really liked it Shelves: Non avevo mai guardato alla seduzione, all’innamoramento attraverso questa lente. Is ever Kierkegaard’s The Seducer’s Diary describes a man Johannes ‘s calculated scheme to seduce a young girl Cordelia into falling in love with him. One model, unquestioned, absolute, follows the other.

An ethical person is still capable of aesthetic enjoyment. He writes a diary in which his plan is outlined to make her fall for him. Refresh and try again.

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.

Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it—and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart’s indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you—for only the truth that builds up is truth for you.


Kierkegaard’s role in all this appears to be that he deliberately sought to disconnect himself from the points of view expressed in his works, although the absurdity of his pseudonyms’ bizarre Latin names proves that he did not hope to thoroughly conceal his identity from the reader.

But philosophy has nothing to do with this world. Comparison is an esthetic exercise and has nothing to do with ethics and religion.

Introducing the ethical stage it is moreover unclear if Kierkegaard acknowledges an ethical stage without religion. The Esducer Companion to Hegel. Intricately, meticulously, cunningly, the seduction proceeds. We cannot possible know.

What are you afraid of then? His diary covers his pursuit of the innocent young Cordelia, even to the seudcer of engagement. I picked this up in a little hole-in-the-wall shop three months ago, purely for aesthetic reasons– the gorgeous, pressed cover. He also wrote about seducers in this way:.

Diary of a Seducer

In Georg Wilhelm Diqry Hegel ‘s work, The Science of LogicHegel had criticized Aristotle ‘s laws of classical logic for being static, rather than dynamic and becoming, and sdeucer replaced it with his own dialectical logic. It is supposed to be quite strange, the first part full of Don Juanism, skepticism, et cetera, and the second part toned down and conciliating, ending with a sermon that is said to be quite excellent.

Faust then calls the devil a Master Moraliser. 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. Or has the pendulum of the world system stopped, is your riddle solved, so that you too have hurled yourself into the sea off eternity?

La figura del seduttore ne esce trionfante? A fundamental characteristic of the aesthete is immediacy.

Either/Or – Wikipedia

They had sent her to town, but she would not stay; many suitors had offered themselves, but she would have none of them. But in fact the third that is indifferent to the opposition is given in the law itself, namely, A itself is present in kierkegaarx. Should the morality change in any way?