By Karsten Harries
If the Enlightenment grew to become to cause to reoccupy where left vacant by way of the loss of life of God, the final centuries have undermined such religion in cause. we won't get away this heritage. the threat of nihilism haunts Either/Or. To exorcize it really is Kierkegaard´s so much basic difficulty. yet the place are we to show? To a cultured transfiguration of, or get away from fact? Does ethics promise a solution? Or is all that's left an irrational bounce to faith? All such questions are shadowed by way of the threat of Kitsch. What does it suggest to be real within the smooth global?
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35 And he points out that the idea of such a seducer had already been suggested by A: “The idea of the seducer is suggested in the piece on the immediate erotic as well as in ‘Silhouettes’ – namely, that the counterpart to Don Giovanni must be a reflective seducer in the category of the interesting, where the issue therefore is not how many he seduces but how. ”37 The pseudonyms then are fictions, personifications of possible 33 34 35 36 37 CUP, 625 – 626 / SKS 7, 569 – 570 EO1, 8 – 9 / SKS 2, 16.
41 And it is indeed such subjectivity and loneliness that colors the mood of the “Diapsalmata” to which I want to turn next. 2 Let me begin with what is said about these “Diapsalmata” in the Preface: “Besides the longer pieces, a number of scraps of paper were found on which were written aphorisms, lyrical utterances and reflections. ”42 We know that many of these aphorisms originated in journal entries. In this sense A would seem to be closer to Kierkegaard than B. Victor Eremita also explains their placement in the volume and the title: “I have placed them first, because it seemed to me that they could be regarded as preliminary glimpses into what the longer pieces develop.
What is the advantage of using pseudonyms, and of course not only in Either/Or does Kierkegaard use a multiplicity of such pseudonyms. 30 Nor are his various disclaimers likely to have misled people. Consider the following disclaimer published in Fædrelandet, after he had been identified as the author in another paper: “If I am not the author of these books, the rumor is a falsehood. ”31 Only in 1846 did he acknowledge, in a postscript to the Postscript, that he was the author of the six pseudonymous works he had published in the meantime.
Between nihilism and faith : a commentary on Either/or by Karsten Harries