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 . The Seducer’s Diary commences with an introduction by A, an invention of Kierkegaard’s who is the author of the works comprising the first half of Either/Or. His.

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The first section of Either is a collection of many tangential aphorismsepigramsanecdotes and musings on the aesthetic mode of life. She was a riddle, who mysteriously possessed her own solution, a secret, and what are all diplomats’ secrets compared with this, an enigma, and what in all the world is so beautiful as the word that solves it? Does he only love himself? There is only one way out, and that is to silence the deeper self by letting the roar of inconstancy drown it out.

He then possesses himself as a task in an activity whereby he engages in the affairs of life as this specific personality.

But God always does business wholesale, and probability is a security that is not registered in heaven. Is it Niobeor Jobor the father of the prodigal sonor is it Periander[33] Abrahamor Christ? I consume my own verse, and that will sustain me.

And, when I had done all, what had I done? Maybe he discovered he was gay, and couldn’t reconcile this fact with his deep religious beliefs. Psychologically he’s asking if psychologists can really give an accurate picture of the inner world. Both A and Judge Vilhelm attempt to focus primarily upon the best that their mode of existence has to offer.


His entire conception of the good life is structured around attaining a particular form of pleasure, while simultaneously avoiding commitments and their attendant loss of autonomy and risk of boredom.

Either/Or – Wikipedia

Battles are easily won and forgotten, wars are never fought. The Rational has necessary existence, as being the reality and substance of things, and we are free in recognizing it as law, and following it as the substance of our own being. Swenson, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, lectured on Kierkegaard’s three modes of life in The number of those who had no faith in Physiognomy, or, at least, regarded it as uncertain and deceitful, was very great; and several who had a liking for Lavater felt a desire to try him, and, if possible, to play him kieroegaard trick.

These are the burdens of Johannes, the terrible fate that he suffers. Draw nearer to me, dear brothers of Symparanekromenoi; close around me as I send my tragic heroine out into the world, as I give the daughter weducer sorrow a dowry of pain as a wedding gift.

This word, Virtue, little in vogue until now, became with Rousseau and his school a watchword which was in perfect harmony with their other watchword, Nature; for to Rousseau virtue was a natural condition. It is a book of opposites, of painful ironies.


Diary of a Seducer

There is certainly something beautiful in the construction of deliberateness, of planning, of scheming. He asks if love can be deceived. February 20, University bookshop Reitzel, Copenhagen first English translation. Awake, the difference between myself and my other is posited; sleeping, it is suspended; dreamingit is an intimated nothing.

Both German and Danish citizens were reading this book. How ,ierkegaard such exaggerated delicacy exist in one who had been so carefully taught from her childhood to adapt herself to those with whom she must live, and kirrkegaard make a virtue of necessity?

He, too has a history, and this is not simply a product of his own free acts. He had ordered of a painter in Frankfort, who was not without talent, the profiles of several well known persons. Ultimately, for Kierkegaard, the aesthetic and the ethical are both superseded by a final phase which he terms the “religious” mode.

He encourages her; she tries but cannot. The game seems simple enough.

The Seducer’s Diary

Stages on Life’s Wayp. The moment this seudcer begins to dawn in her soul, the relationship fractures. Why is Johannes drawn to the villainy of seducer, and not the romance of a lover?