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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The proposition not A is not A will doubtless be recognized by every one as certain, and it is scarcely to be expected kisrkegaard any one will ask for its proof. 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.

Sefucer is at once kierkegaaard key actor in and passive observer of her seduction, obsessively analysing every minute detail. The former could never work for him faithfully and sufficiently; the latter, whatever excellences they might have, came always diayr far short of the idea which he entertained of humanity and of men to prevent his being somewhat repelled by the special characteristics which constitute the personality of the individual.

She is my creation, but still her outline is so vague, her form so nebulous, that each one of you is free to imagine her as you will, and each one of you can love her in your own way. For it is the Unity of the universal, essential Will, with that of the individual; and this is “Morality.


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

Religiously he’s asking if one person can accurately perceive the inner world of the spirituality of another person. Mephistopheles says he’s “speaking like some Don Juan”. He also wrote about seducers in this way:. Is all that is deliberate cold? All you can do is ask “why”? The desperate attempt of the miscarried Hegelian ethics to make the state into the court of last resort of ethics is a highly unethical attempt to finitize individuals, an unethical flight from the category of individuality to the category of the race.

To ask other readers questions about The Seducer’s Diaryplease sign up. After he had been slowly and for a long time brought up under the disciplinarian in this way, he perhaps would have arrived at faith. For Truth is the Unity of the universal and subjective Will; and the Universal is to be found in the State, in its laws, its universal and rational arrangements.

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The Seducer’s Diary

The book was boring imo but I loved the writing style. The perusal of the first part left a feeling of emptiness and despair behind it. These things are not seudcer.

Engagement is, in its essence, laughable.

Unless someone comes up with a very convincing argument to the contrary, that is the first and last piece of Kierkegaard’s work I shall be reading. More importantly, for Kierkegaard, this is indirect communication. His remarkable consciousness of Cordelia’s mind and thoughts is evident in the reading of each entry.

He already has another girl in mind.

He was against systematizing anything in literature because the system brings the artist to a stop and he or she just settles down in the system. The Aunt agrees, and Cordelia and Johannes begin their journey.


The book is the first of Kierkegaard’s works written pseudonymouslya practice he employed during the first half of his career.

The Seducer’s Diary by Søren Kierkegaard

Enjoyment was a sin, and one had to do one’s duty. The “theory” of social prudence given in Crop Rotation is an example of refined immediacy. This short work is obviously easy to read because Kierkegaard’s style, although a bit antiquated, is very enticing.

Defined by critical reflection: 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. If I can love nothing less, you are more to blame than I.

The extremely nested pseudonymity of this work adds a problem of interpretation. Which is to say that he the fictional Johannes was sedcer of life since he could not live with the real woman and preferred living with the idea of her in his mind. He cites Arthur Schopenhauer to argue that women are less rational than men and so should be controlled by them. La figura del seduttore ne esce trionfante? 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.

We have in it, therefore, the object seducrr History in a more definite shape than before; that in which Freedom obtains objectivity, and lives in the enjoyment of this objectivity.