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. “In the vast literature of love, The Seducer’s Diary is an intricate curiosity–a This work, a chapter from Kierkegaard’s first major volume, Either/Or, springs from . Diary of a Seducer records Johannes’s discovery of a girl with the Shakespearean name Cordelia, whom he sets out to control. Intricately.

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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. But Johannes only uses Edward — to his own advantage of course — exposing Cordelia to the differences between Edward and himself.

The Seducer’s Diary

The tendency of modern culture siary see only the creative possibilities of human freedom makes the Christian estimate of the human situation seem morbid by contrast.

He studies how desire can come to grief in the single individual.

If you have ever been in love, truly in love, you will feel it written within the pages of this book. Or, to put it the other way: So even its adherents seduer self-interested reasons to abandon it, and with it, its selfish worldview.

Review: The Seducer’s Diary by Soren Kierkegaard | Tongue Sophistries

To me this is essential and healthy since locking oneself in one’s intellect implies that one refuses to live. You are commenting using your Facebook account. This was his acquaintance with two men,—an author and a remarkable personality. The unhappy girl, overwhelmed with her secret grief, was only too eager to confide it to another. Of these two, the call of remorse is perhaps the best. That is why it takes courage to choose oneself, for at the same time as he seems to be isolating himself most radically he is most radically sinking himself into the root by which he is bound up with the whole.


Diary of a Seducer

He will use irony, artifice, caprice, imagination and arbitrariness to engineer poetically satisfying possibilities; he is not so much interested in the act of seduction as in willfully creating its interesting possibility. 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.

There must be a constraint if there is to be earnest. Show your love with a gift to The Conversation to support our journalism.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Is it not true that men are able by increasing freedom to envisage a larger world and to assume a responsible attitude toward a wider and wider circle of claims upon their conscience? Journals and Papers of Kierkegaard4A For example, he knows that at 11 in the morning she will be walking down a particular street, he makes a point to walk past her. 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.

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

We cry out to the whole world, and when it comes smiling kierkegaarf meet us, then we say: Once we find what we desire we find that it wasn’t what we imagined it to be. It’s a shame this book is much less than it could be, even considering the ages passe This was deadly boring and seems rather naive as a part of a philosophical work.

He plays on her subconscious, remaining on the periphery, gaining her confidence from this periphery and giving her a false sense of power over himself. If a person whose life has been tried in some crucial difficulty has a friend and sometime later he is unable to retain the past clearly, if anxiety creates confusion, and if accusing thoughts assail him with all their might as he works his way back, then he may go to his friend and say, “My soul is sick so that nothing will become clear to me, but I confided everything to you; you remember it, so please explain the past to me again.


Rather he is begging A to choose to see the world in ethical terms at all:. The objective and the subjective will are then reconciled, and present one identical homogeneous whole. This position has an intimate quality and at the same time a detaching dignity. Get fast, free shipping diry Amazon Prime. Far from distressing her with reproaches or unjust blame, she consoled her, ddiary her, wept over her; she was too wise to make a crime of an evil which virtue alone made so cruel.

Here he described the enemies the single individual faces when trying to make a commitment, probability and the outcome.

It is impossible for me, in A, really to be stricter than I seducrr in B, or wish to be that. He soon felt disillusioned about his prospects.

diay Lists with This Book. Both can choose to love each other but the “how” of love is what Kierkegaard is getting at. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.

Reading it gives me painlike every woman that read this book would; but I guess I can not sleep tonight without finishing it Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson. Both German and Danish citizens were reading this book.

Not unusually for the era, it was published under a pseudonym.