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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Feb 02, Mari rated it really liked it Recommends it for: More specifically, the ethic realm starts with a conscious effort to choose one’s life, with a choice to choose.

That is why lovers of Tivoli are so little interested in eternity, for it is the nature of eternity always to be the same, and the sobriety of the spirit is recognizable in the knowledge that a change in externalities is mere diversion, while change in the same is inwardness. Though from time to time, it still gives you ideas disry 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.

I was reminded of this book when I got to the big seduction scene in Cohen’s Belle du Seigneur.

Soren Kierkegaard is regarded as one of the first, if not the very first, existentialist philosophers. The Seducer’s Diary Embed. Johannes is a seducer for vocation and kiekegaard Hey, thanks for reading.

And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying not them: Here, as in Werther the lover proper loses kierkegaard maiden, who is wedded to a Monsieur Wolmar the Albert of Werther and the Edward of Kierkegaard’s Diary of a Seducera man as irreproachable as he is uninteresting.

If fruition is beautiful, is not all seduction beautiful when it is realized in full? Should the morality change in any way? 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.


It has not yet been discussed publicly by anyone, but it surely will be. Along with these the idea of sin returned. Does this description match the seducer’s diary?

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

It is in the drawn out months before a confession or engagement is made, the months of pursuit that are more aesthetic. He also wrote about seducers in this way:. Our loves are not the people who touch, feel, see in life, but one million imagined things which we attach to that person, one million relics of our nostalgic past loves, acquaintences, beauties seen or dreamed, one millions constructions of our hopes, desires, imaginations: The “theory” of social prudence given in Crop Rotation is an example sseducer refined immediacy.

And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying: The deeper self now shapes the deceitful flexibility of the surrounding world in such a way that it is no longer attractive to the first self.

If you would be a wrestler, consider your shoulders, your back, your thighs; for seducef persons are made for different things. In other projects Wikiquote. Commitments are made by te an active participant in society, rather than a detached observer or outsider.

Kierkegaard, speaking in the voice of the upbuilding discourse at the end, says they are both wrong. Do I have to know a lot about Kierkegaard’s theories before reading this? Why do I fall in love with a stranger on the train, and no with a model on a yhe This word, Virtue, little in vogue until now, became with Rousseau and his school a watchword which was in perfect harmony with their other watchword, Nature; for to Rousseau virtue was a natural condition.

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

This site uses cookies. To this end, Kierkegaard casts himself as the manipulative narrator, Johannes, while the Regine character is named Cordelia. Here he makes the distinction between a seducer like Don Juanwho falls under aesthetic categories, and Faust, who falls under ethical categories. As for me, I just don’t see the appeal. We can only guess at the solution, and this mystery drives us to madness when we feel that we are in love, or in lust. An ethical person is still capable of aesthetic enjoyment.

Reinhold Niebuhr questioned Kierkegaard’s emphasis in his pastoral epistle at the end of Or. Why did she not take a husband? Appearing in two volumes in under the pseudonymous editorship of Victor Eremita Latin for “victorious hermit”it outlines a theory of human existence, marked by the distinction between an essentially hedonistic, aesthetic mode of life and the ethical life, which is predicated upon commitment. Maybe he discovered he was gay, and couldn’t reconcile this fact with his deep religious beliefs.


I may have idolized Johannes, were it not for his misogyny and nauseating views on women! Properly understood, that is to postulate lawlessness or experimentation. When the heterogeneous is sustained the way I have sustained it, then both parties are right in saying that they love.

We have in it, therefore, the object of History in a more definite shape than before; that in which Freedom obtains objectivity, and lives in the enjoyment of this objectivity. Hence they both love and love each other, but nevertheless it is a misunderstanding.

My own relation to the Christian kierkegaarf lay merely in my sense and feeling, and I had not the slightest notion of that physical affinity to which Lavater inclined. Not only is there no law that I give myself as a maxim, it is the case that there is a law given me by a higher authority.

I cannot; everyone else can-only I cannot not. They believe, for instance, that English tragedy is descended in a direct kierkegaard from Greek tragedy, not perceiving that the tragedy of one nation is not the offspring of that of other nations, but the production of the environment, the civilisation, the intellectual life in the midst of which it comes into being.

All of it, however, amounts to little more than obvious figleaves for a desire to reclaim power over women. I rarely get so excited to read a book.

Because these two calls designate the place and show the way. Likewise, choosing an aesthetic way of life only appeals to the aesthete, ruling Judge Vilhelm’s ethics as inconsequential and preferring the pleasures of seduction.