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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Written as part of diary entries of Johannes, the seducer, recounting his deliberate planning and plotting in the pursuit of a girl Cordelia, the book takes us through the meticulous thought process of Johannes.

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When I rode slowly through the woods, it was as if I flew; now when the horse is covered with lather and ready to drop, it seems to me that I do not move. Dec 23, Katerina Mezhekova rated it did not like it. Intricately, meticulously, cunningly, the seduction proceeds. That’s the only reason it loses a star for this edition. Is Johannes a narcissist?

Nimble, thinly clad, agile, unarmed, I renounce everything for you. It is actually supposed to be by a Kierkegaard who has adopted a pseudonym He also wrote about seducers in this way:. Testo di incommensurabile bellezza!. After writing and defending his dissertation On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to SocratesKierkegaard left Copenhagen kierkegaarr October to spend the winter in Berlin. To me they have kept a certain humanism, which I believe might be the result of their living through Kuerkegaard, an experience that forced them to make a choice, and what they chose was to be politically engaged.

Words can only firm up one story of history: More importantly, for Kierkegaard, this is indirect communication. And why should there be no such person, since there is such a person as I, I who feel that my heart is like his?

Then he makes sure to intervene unnoticed.

The Seducer’s Diary: how a 19th century philosopher anticipated the pick up artist movement

Or is that just what he tells himself? This is what I will; this diwry what I ask of anyone I am to admire, of anyone I am really to approve-that during the day he think only of the category ths his life and dream about it at night. This position has an intimate quality and at the same time a detaching The Seducer’s Diary records Johannes’s discovery of a girl with the Shakespearean name Cordelia, whom he sets out to control.


How many flat and insipid parts does the book contain! When the State or our country constitutes a community of existence; when the subjective will of man submits to laws, the contradiction between Liberty and Necessity vanishes.

Reinhold Niebuhr questioned Kierkegaard’s emphasis in his pastoral epistle at the end of Or. Republish our kierkegaard for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Wikipedia says thi The seducer is Johannes. Mephistopheles says there are nine. They are, however, not in opposition to each other, these two guides, nor do they leave the wanderer standing there in doubt, confused by the double call. She is my creation, her thoughts are my thoughts, and yet it is as if I had rested with her in a night of love, as if she had entrusted me sedycer her deep secret, breathed it and her soul out in my embrace, and as if in the same moment she changed before me, vanished, so that her actuality could only be traced in the mood that remained, instead of the converse being true, that my mood brought her forth to a greater and greater actuality.

Each life view is written and represented by a fictional pseudonymous author, with the prose of the work reflecting and depending on the life view being discussed. The Cambridge Companion to Hegel.

Kierkegqard and try again. Perhaps an openness to the encounter with the other person as they are, rather than one that tries to reduce women to instruments to be manipulated.

The Seducer’s Diary

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. 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 re-contextualise this event for the heartbroken Olsen, portraying what happened between them as a calculated seduction on his part.


The three spheres of existence were neatly summed up in his Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments. What emerges from this consideration is, therefore, first, that the law of identity or of contradiction which purports to express merely abstract identity in contrast to difference as a truth, is not a law of thought, but rather the opposite of it; secondly, that these laws contain more than is meant by them, to wit, this opposite, absolute difference itself.

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. Teach us to pray rightly so that our hearts kierkeyaard open up to you in prayer and supplication and hide no furtive desire that we know is not acceptable to you, nor any secret fear that you will deny us anything that will truly be for our good, so that the labouring thoughts, the restless mind, the fearful heart may find rest in and through that alone in which and through which it can be found-by always joyfully thanking you as we gladly confess that in relation to you we are always in the wrong.

But what is this force, then by which Don Juan seduces? Thus only is he fully conscious; thus only is he kieerkegaard partaker of morality of a just and moral social and political life. Don Juan seduces him away from God and Faust robs him of his innocent faith through the power of language. Is the question, “Who am I? But who is he, where is he? Mephistopheles says he’s “speaking like some Don Juan”. Religiously he’s asking if one person can accurately perceive the inner world of the spirituality of another person.

It is important to remember the psychological significance of narcissism:

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