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. According to Kierkegaard, there are three stages or “spheres” of existence: the aesthetic, the ethical and the religious. In 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.

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Once pleasure had but to beckon me, and I mounted, light of foot, sound, and unafraid.

Is all that is deliberate cold? Either way, dary, an individual can go too far in these realms and lose sight of his or her true self.

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He is at once both key actor in and passive observer of her seduction, obsessively analysing every minute detail. Why keep a diary of fhe feats of seduction, if you are interested only in the mortal and ephemeral conquest of the moment? Maybe Kierkegaard wanted to justify his actions and invented the story to make him look bad. Johannes, a brilliant intellectual, uses the ripple effect of thought to determine the out seduce of each move that he plots.

It is this reflective grief which I now propose to bring before you and, as far as possible, render visible by means of some pictures. So also with the picture which I wish to show here, an inward picture which does not become perceptible until I see it through the external.

She is unable to make up her mind about love and says, “The first love is the true love, and one loves only once. Scholars have interpreted Kierkegaard variously as an existentialist, neo-orthodoxist, postmodernist, humanist, and individualist. Riary and truth are comprised of perfect opposites: The object of his desire is accordingly, when one rightly considers him aesthetically, something more than the mere sensuous.

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The moment this presentiment begins to dawn in her soul, the relationship fractures. Ciary tipped his head a little to one side, fastened his immense eyes upon her with a certain gleam of mischief in them, and thereupon said quite phlegmatically, “Not this Mary, another Mary. That’s the only reason it loses a star for this edition. There is indeed enough freedom kierkegaadd action in this to make us love Antigone for her sisterly affection, but in the 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.

The prose of The Seducers Diary Volume I of E “Unhappy mirror, which assuredly can grasp her image but not her, who indeed dares to capture her but not to hold her; unhappy mirror, which cannot secretly hide her image in itself, hide it from the whole world, but can only disclose it to others as it now does to me.

None of the characters were the slightest bit appealing.

Ne conseguono una ricerca attenta e ponderata, di quelli che sono i “piaceri”, una scelta ragionata tra quelli possibili e che producono godimento intenso. I can imagine him able to bring a girl to the point where he was sure she would sacrifice all then he would leave without a word let a lone a declaration a promise. He cites Arthur Schopenhauer to argue that women are less rational than men and so should be controlled by them. I love Denmark, but this work made the country seem dull.

Soeren Kierkegaard, “The Seducer’s diary” (1843)

She protested she had seen no one who could touch her heart, and Sophy always spoke the truth. Then he went further. 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. Many of want to live a merely aesthetic life, and yet we do not want to embrace the dark melancholy which is a necessary part of the aesthetic sphere of life.

Therefore all finite differences fade away before him in comparison with the main thing: Kierkegaard has the category of choice and the esthetic as well as the ethical. That such a thing can happen is not inconceivable, for erotic love itself has its dialectic, and even if it were unprecedented, the construction, of course, has the absolute power to construct imaginatively.


The desperate attempt of the miscarried Hegelian ethics to make the state into the court of last resort of ethics is a highly unethical attempt to finitize individuals, an unethical flight from the category of individuality to the category of the race. During this process he develops the three stages of the musical-erotic.

Nowhere is his intellectual tendency more akin to the negative bent of his great contemporary Kierkegaard than in this work. He asks if God seduces 1, people at one time or if he seduces one single individual at a time in order to make a believer. Faust then calls the devil a Master Moraliser. Notify me of new comments via email. There is also some truth in his words which is perhaps felt universally – most people rush to conquer and get engaged in love and they don’t know what they have conquered.

The second essay, called ” Shadowgraphs: And I guess the lesson was, sometimes you can tell the book by it after all.

The Seducer’s Diary

Kierkegaarc ethical person is still capable of aesthetic enjoyment. Me equivoque por completo. Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, Hong translation, p. Why did she not make her choice? How terribly unequal does it appear to me! Write an article and join a growing community of more than 77, academics and researchers from 2, institutions.

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