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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In an autobiographical confession, Johannes writes, I am an aesthete, an eroticist, who has grasped the nature and the point of love, who believes in love and knows it from the ground up, and I reserve for myself only the private opinion that no love affair should last more that a half a year at most and that any relationship is over as soon as one has enjoyed the ultimate.

As soon as one acts decisively and emerges into actuality, existence can get hold of one and guidance bring one up. Historically he’s asking if one person can bring the inner life of a historical figure into view. Scholars have interpreted Kierkegaard variously as an existentialist, neo-orthodoxist, postmodernist, humanist, and individualist.

The problem which Kalanus endeavors to solve is precisely the same as the one whose solution Kierkegaard attacked in his Either-Or Enten-Ellernamely, that of contrasting two personalities, one of whom is the direct representative of innate genius, of the pleasure-loving, extremely energetic view of life; and the other the incarnation of ethical profundity and moral grandeur, allowing them to struggle and contend, and convincing the reader of the decisive defeat of the purely natural views of life.

A person who blames others, that they have corrupted him, is talking nonsense and only informs against himself.

Mephistopheles says there are nine. The Seducer’s Diary records Johannes’s discovery of a girl with the Shakespearean name Cordelia, whom he sets out to control. Passages of my Letter of a Pastor to his Colleagues’ had greatly struck him, for much of it agreed perfectly with his own views. The Concept of AnxietyNichol p. Available editions United States. That’s the only reason it loses a star for this edition.

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

Kierkegaard wrote it shortly after breaking off his engagement to Regine Olsen, having given up the relationship to pursue what he saw as his spiritual calling, and it’s universally regarded as his attempt to kierkegaaed this event for the heartbroken Olsen, portraying what happened between them as a calculated seduction on his part.


But the author showing us all the imaginable aspects of the character’s challenge is merely endlessly polishing up his graphomania and recuperating from the guilt trips we can barely share or understand. It is also one of the 20 books in the Penguin Great Loves collection.

diqry They’re both trying to find God in a childish way. Furthermore, Kierkegaard was a close reader of the aesthetic works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the ethical works of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

Engagement is, in its essence, laughable. An ethical person is still capable of aesthetic enjoyment. Croxall argues that “the essay should be taken seriously by a musician, because it makes one think, and think hard enough to straighten many of one’s ideas; ideas, I mean, not only on art, but on life” and goes on to discuss the psychological, existential, and musical value of the work. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

It is in the Either or the aesthetic part that Seducer’s Diary finds its place.

aeducer Is not Kierkegaard morbid, even Christians are inclined to ask, when he insists that “before God man is always in the wrong”? With that knowledge, though, the whole thing becomes tragically ironic, and the narrator’s frequent references to past conquests go from comically obnoxious to desperately sad especially since Kierkegaard is believed to have remained celibate for the rest of his life.

Diary of a Seducer

Very autobiographical this is not to me, but very readable. I cannot; everyone else can-only I cannot not. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He studies how desire can come to grief in the single individual. I will not be a poet for others; show yourself!

Though from time to time, it still gives you ideas to think about re-evaluating your moral principlesbut only in the way of an anthropological discourse of how much the man had changed throughout the centuries. These are the burdens of Johannes, the kierkegaadd fate that he suffers. It must further be understood that all the worth which the human being possesses all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State.

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 Seducer’s Diary

We all want to be in the right and never in the wrong. Is everything wonderful in love simply the gestures of seduction, the play, the production?

Sophy was neither affected nor absurd. Kierkegaard responds to him in this way:. Was it for the sake of society to which one was under obligations? Kierkegaard saw this as a denial of true selfhood and instead advocated the importance of personal responsibility and choice-making.


The notes give distant and vague hints of the highest. On the contrary, it can become very hard; it may become more difficult than the contemptible easiness of sensate human life, but in this difficulty life also acquires ever deeper and deeper meaning. A fundamental characteristic of the aesthete is immediacy. Scott Moore’s Summary of the Diary”. I desire to own nothing, I love nothing, I have nothing to lose, but I am not therefore more worthy of you, you who long ago must have wearied of tearing human beings away from what they love, tired of their cowardly signs and cowardly petitions.

But the inner thoughts of Kierkegaard and his motives cannot possible be compared to the diary in my opinion. How many flat and insipid parts does the book contain! He sat in his little chair; he looked about him with apparent pleasure. For Law is the objectivity of Spirit; volition in its true form. Such demands for the impossible gave occasion for jests of many kinds, for I had no other way of defending myself against his peculiarities but by bringing forward my own. 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, and dreamy; she wept in secret.

How terribly unequal does it appear to me! More specifically, the ethic realm starts with a conscious effort to choose one’s life, with a choice to choose.

Solal spends about 30 pages describing in great detail to Ariane all the psychological tricks he uses when he goes about performing a seduction, complaining that women are dumb enough to fall for it, and indeed require this kind of treatment. I am an aesthete, an eroticist, who has grasped the nature and the point of love, who believes in love and knows it from the ground up, and I reserve for myself only the private opinion that no love affair should last more that a half a year at most and that any relationship is over as soon as one has enjoyed the ultimate.

He betrays his friend Edvard, who is genuinely in love with her, for the sake of his own sport. It is written, “My house is a house of prayer,” but you have made it a den of robbers. Narcissism is all surface:

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