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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Narcissism is all surface: In other words, even if you could somehow disentangle it from its misogynistic focus of thd and exploitation and its perpetuation and glorification of rape culture, the PUA mode of existence is a dead end.

He becomes engaged to her. I get the impression that Kierkegaard was I was reminded of this book when I got to the big seduction scene in Cohen’s Belle du Seigneur.

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

Become a Friend today. Archived from the original on All beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what about beauty, about the kind of beauty which enchants us into believing we are in love, is subjective? We all want to be in the right and never in the wrong.

Is it Niobeor Jobor the father of the prodigal sonor is it Periander[33] Abrahamor Christ? But so curious, by and large, is the reading public, that an author who desires to get rid of it has merely to give a little hint, just a name, and it will say: But such a proof is impossible.

Kierkegaard’s “despair” is th somewhat analogous precursor of existential angst. It is a settling mist which occudes the possibility of endurance, happiness, transcendental beauty, and champions the ephemeral glory of art. For that I have to use notes. I am glad so many other reviewers seemed to enjoy this book.

Stages on Life’s Wayp. Sophocles in his Antigonesays, “The divine commands are not of yesterday, nor of to-day; no, sedcer have an infinite existence, and no one could say whence they came. Sees the inner existence as more important: Anxiety is a qualification of dreaming spirit, and as such kierkegard has its place in psychology. Even a one-night stand has lost its luster since the quality will be modest at best and condom use will be usually required, decreasing the overall sexual pleasure.

Since the opposite determinations in the something are just as much posited as sublated in this positing, the third which has here the form of a dead something, when taken more profoundly, is the unity of reflection into which the opposition withdraws as into ground.


The plot is simple, and the book is very short, but all the same I became easily involved with the characters.

What an inexplicable contradiction? Take me by surprise, I am ready. It’s not the first Soren book i read, but this one is a great surprise for me.

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We cannot possible know. How could it not be brilliant? I first read this book right after “Fear and Trembling”; and having just finished such a complex and dense philosophical book, I did not comprehend the point of “The Seducer’s Diary”, and how it fitted in Kierkegaard’s philosophical world. Emileby Jean Jacques Rousseau Foxley translation. There is only one way out, and that is to silence the deeper self by letting the roar of inconstancy drown it out.

In my opinion, when falling in love is separated from this-please note, the eternal from falling in love-one can properly speak only of what is left over, which would be the same as talking like a midwife, who does not beat about the bush, or like a dead and departed one who, “seared to spirit,” does not feel stimulus. I believe that Johannes found the truest, purest love, with Cordelia, but chose to play a game of the mind, instead of listening to the heart.

Soeren Kierkegaard, “The Seducer’s diary” (1843)

So you betray not tbe your own cause but, insofar as it lies with you, the cause of all people; and in your humbly shutting yourself out from their number, you are slyly destroying their power. United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span over two thousand years and vastly different worlds.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The second essay, called ” Shadowgraphs: Then he called to his soul and said: But as has been shown, the law of identity itself contains the movement of reflection, identity as a vanishing of otherness. And what should I do about it? Should the morality change in any way? 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 disry of the purely natural views of life.

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The Seducer’s Diary

He will use irony, artifice, caprice, imagination and arbitrariness to engineer poetically satisfying possibilities; he is not so much interested in the act of seduction as in willfully creating its interesting possibility. There is a phantasm that the person making a resolution chases after the way a dog chases its shadow in the water; it is the outcomea symbol of finiteness, a mirage of perdition-woe to the person who looks to it, he is lost.

The unhappy girl, overwhelmed with her secret grief, was only too eager to confide it to another. Thus, existentialists see Victor Eremita as presenting a radical choice in which no thf value can be discerned.

Does this description match the seducer’s diary? This is indeed the way it is; the world around us is inconstant and can be changed into the opposite at any moment, and there is not one person who can force this change by his own might or by the conjuration of his wish.

In the last 40 pages there are a few rare moments eiary philosophical musing, but mostly it feels like the journal entries of an unusually intelligent pre-teen. The proof was wanting, and John, who did not know that Kierkegaard was a Christian, but thought the contrary, not having seen his Edifying Discoursesimbibed unaware the Christian system of ethics with its doctrine of self-sacrifice and duty.

He cites Arthur Schopenhauer to argue that women are less rational than men and so should be controlled by them. You are outside yourself and therefore cannot do without the other as opposition; you believe that only a restless spirit is alive, and thee who are experienced believe that only a quiet spirit is truly alive.

At first she could make nothing of this riddle; by dint of questions and vague kierkfgaard, she discovered to her great surprise that her daughter was the rival of Eucharis. She was a riddle, who mysteriously possessed her own solution, a secret, and what are all diplomats’ secrets compared with this, seducwr enigma, and what in all the world is so beautiful as the word that solves it?

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