Both and: reading Kierkegaard : from irony to edification by Michael Strawser

By Michael Strawser

Both/And is a brand new interpretation of Kierkegaard's writings which makes an attempt to make experience of a really various authorship via supplying a finished interpretation of either Kierkegaard's so-called aesthetic and his spiritual writings. Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) stands for a turning element in philosophy from a scientific philosophy - which, with its specialise in objectivity, makes an attempt to put itself at the safe direction of technology - to a philosophythat focuses its cognizance in subjectivity and overtly recognizes itself as fragmentary and provisional. Strawser examines Kierkegaard's works as spiritual, aesthetic/poetic, and philosophical and argues that irony runs via either the classy and the non secular works - certainly, Kierkegaard stated himself because the Magister of Irony. yet Strawser is going past those barriers to attract within the interpretation of Kierkegaard's writing now not a line which cuts off the classy from the spiritual, yet connects them. this can be what Strawser calls the road from irony to edification. This line is the road of both/and, the road of connection. Strawser addresses the frustrating yet normal dating among Kierkegaard and postmodernism and gives interesting chances. Strawser believes that modern postmodern philosophical issues reduction a serious analyzing of Kierkegaard, yet this kind of interpreting must never be beaten through them. this kind of complete analyzing is what Strawser deals the reader in Both/And.

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Trans. David Swenson. PHPurity of Heart. Trans. Douglas V. Steere. PRPrefaces. Trans. William McDonald. PVThe Point of View for My Work as an Author. Trans. Walter Lowrie. WLWorks of Love. Trans. David E Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson. : Princeton University Press, 1946. C. Additional Foreign-Language Translations GW Gesammelte Werke. Trans. Emanuel Hirsch. Düsseldorf: Diederichs, 1952. Page xii KG Kärlekens Gerningar (Works of Love). Trans. Gustaf Thomée. OCOeuvres Completes de Søren Kierkegaard.

There sat all the gods in assembly. By special grace I was granted the privilege of making a wish. "Will you," said Mercury, "have youth, or beauty, or power, or a long life, or the most beautiful girl, or any of the other glories we have in the chest? '' Not one of the gods said a word; on the contrary, they all began to laugh. '' A, EO I 41-2; SV II 44 Page xv INTRODUCTION: READING KIERKEGAARD PHILOSOPHICALLY The more the poet has abandoned this, the more necessary it is for him to have a total-view [Total-Anskuelse] of the world and in this way to be lord over irony in his individual existence, and the more necessary it becomes for him to be a philosopher to a certain degree.

6 Here we find three very specific references to Kierkegaard's motives in writing, and, curiously enough, each motive assumes the identity of an individual person: the father, Regine, and Socrates. But these are merely metaphors for ways of reading Kierkegaard that may be expressed more generally as, respectively, the religious, the aesthetic or poetic, and the philosophical. Upon consideration of the first motif, a look at the vast secondary literature on Kierkegaard shows that it is all too customary to stress prosaically the religious or Christian meaning of Kierkegaard's writings.

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