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Download Enten Eller Book Ø 640 pages ä 'What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding what if laughter were really tears' EitherOr is the earliest of the major works of Søren Kierkegaard one of the most startlingly original thinkers and writers of the nineteenth century and the first which he wrote under a pseudonym as he would f'What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding what if laughter were really tears' EitherOr is the earliest of the major works of Søren Kierkegaard one of the most startlingly original thinkers and writers of the nineteenth century and the first which he wrote under a pseudonym as he would for his greatest philosophical writings Adopting the viewpoints of two distinct figures with radical Of course a critic resembles a poet to a hair except that he has no anguish in his heart no music on his lips This is one of those rare unclassifiable books whose genre was born the day it was published and which has since left no heirs Kierkegaard gives us what appears at first to be a sort of literary experiment the papers of two imaginary characters found inside the escritoire by a third imaginary character These two characters—referred to as ‘A’ and ‘B’—serve as the titular eitheror; and their writings are a study in contrast Specifically Kierkegaard uses these two personages to juxtapose the aesthetic with the ethical modes of life presumably asking the reader to choose between them You might say it is a ‘choose your own adventure’ book of philosophy except the adventure chosen turns out to be your lifePart 1 by A gives us the aesthetic man We are presented with extracts from a journal essays on Mozart’s Don Giovanni and ancient tragedy a study of boredom and the famous Seducer’s Diary A’s record of his carefully planned seduction of a young girl Part 2 is focused consisting of two long letters sent by B who is supposed to be a middle aged judge to A both exhorting the latter to turn towards a ethical view of life The styles of the two writers are suitably different A is excitable hyperbolic and aphoristic while B is staid and focused Nevertheless it is never difficult to tell that Kierkegaard is the true author Neatly summarizing the difference in perspectives would be difficult since Kierkegaard tends to be flexible with his own definitions Perhaps the best way to capture the contrast is with the book’s central metaphor seduction vs marriage In the first A is concerned with attaining a maximum of pleasure He is not a hedonist and is not very interested in sex Rather he is interested in avoiding boredom by carefully shaping his developing relationship like a well plotted novel ensuring that each emotion is felt to the utmost His primary concern in other words is to avoid the stale the cliché the repetitive The judge by contrast sees marriage as far preferable to seduction since it is through commitments like marriage that the inner self develops and becomes fully actualized While the aesthete prefers to live in the moment the ethical man notes that even if every moment is novel the self remains the same Change reuires commitment Interpreting the book is difficult Are we being asked to make a choice in values Such a choice could have no basis but chance or personal whim since no pre existing value could guide us between two incompatible value systems This you might say is the existentialist interpretation of the book the primacy of choice over values Yet other options are available For example despite Kierkegaard’s famous opposition to Hegel’s philosophy this text is open to a Hegelian reading Specifically B’s perspective seems in many respects superior to A’s since B demonstrates that he is able to understand A while A presumably cannot understand B Thus you can perhaps regard B as the Hegelian antithesis to A’s thesis; and perhaps both of these can be united in a wider perspective such as in Kierkegaard’s Knight of Faith—a religious unity of inner feeling and outer obligation There is also the unmistakable autobiographical element in this writing since Kierkegaard had not long before broken off his own engagement This is just to scrape the surface of possibility And this shows both the strength and weakness of Kierkegaard’s writing On the one hand this book is highly rich and suggestive with brilliant passages buried amid piles of less compelling material On the other hand to call a book “rich” and “suggestive” is also to call it confused Since no clear message emerges and since there are no arguments to guide the way the book can easily yield interpretations consonant with pre conceived opinions In other words it is hard to me to imagine somebody being convinced to change their mind by reading this But Kierkegaard can perhaps better be likened to a good art critic than to a systematic philosopher for the value in his writing consists in illuminating comments than in a final conclusionOn the whole however I must say that I emerged with a distaste for Kierkegaard’s writing At times he rises to commanding elouence; but so often he seems to wallow in confusing and repetitive intricacies More to the point I find the general tenor of his writing to be anti rationalist; and this is exemplified in the complete lack of argument in his writings But nobody could deny that all told this is an extraordinary book and a worthy addition to the philosophical tradition

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Ly different beliefs the aesthetic young man of Part One called simply 'A' and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart drama boredom and in the famous Seducer's Diary the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young beautiful woman A masterpiece of duality EitherOr is an explora This is one of those books that you read that covers a bunch of things you had been thinking about on your own at which point you realize oh i'm not really that smart am IBut as a general rule I like anyone who agrees with me and I like the way Kerigaodigjadkfaodfkadsdfnsldfkasdfnlaskdn sp writes 4 stars from mealso a very very good album but that's a different deal

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Enten EllerTion of the conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical both meditating ironically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures and elouently expounding the noble virtues of a morally upstanding lifeThis lightly abridged edition fully conveys the vigour and elouence of the original Alastair Hannay's introduction explains the philosophical background to the work and places it in the context of its tim Should I get married should I be good Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and Faustus hood Not take her to movies but to cemetaries Gregory CorsoThis is heartfelt probing thinking which everyone goes through at one time or another Whether its better to settle down and get married or to try and live zestfully as a single person Not to mention all the attendant indentity Being subjectiveobjective issues that accrue when you sit down and think about itThere are fictionally two sets of letters here a correspondence between youth and age One from a dashing young cynic and the other from a boring somewhat pompous old provincial the aesthetic versus the ethic if you willWonderful writing results limitless insights I'd uote them but I don't happen to have the book on hand The erotic in music the hour when all masks fall and we are revealed to be who we are to ourselves how marriage is of the mind as well as the spirit and the body how all men are boresWhat makes this go down easy is the fact that Kierkegaard can write beautifully Not only does he argue and reason himself out not like it's actually him but it is on that later but he uses little illustrations to make this metaphysic so much richer and palatableMarriage for one is when you spend your entire day frowning over a book because there's an umlaut over one of the letters in a phrase that's not supposed to be there and suddenly your spouse comes in and you show it to them and they say 'O look it's just a speck of dust' and blows it away for goodI'm not doing justice to this but that's becuase I don't have enough personalityTO wit Kierkegaard had a bad love affair early in life and spent the next few decades of his life living off his father's inheritance and writing philosophy under different pen names He even went so far as to use personalized grammer to create these characters they did a linguistic analysis on it IncredibleBut anyway he's literally speaking from different voices that manifest the ideas and conflicts he put himself through The aesthete the cynic the ethicist the tortured soul the man of godHe sat day after day writing away and adding voices to the symphony of his mindAmazing right No wonder he was a crazy geniusThis is one of his first books and its worth every moment of time spent on it You'll enjoy I'm sure