By Soren Kierkegaard
In Either/Or, utilizing the voices of 2 characters—the aesthetic younger guy of half one, known as easily "A," and the moral pass judgement on Vilhelm of the second one section—Kierkegaard displays upon the hunt for a significant life, considering topics as assorted as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, within the recognized Seducer's Diary, the cynical seduction and supreme rejection of a tender, attractive girl. A masterpiece of duality, Either/Or is an excellent exploration of the clash among the classy and the moral - either meditating paradoxically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures, and eloquently expounding the noble virtues of a morally upstanding life.
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So what justification is there for not merely defying the author’s express wishes here, but also for disallowing a privilege any reader of a classic is surely entitled to, namely to read such a work in its entirety? The original 1843 edition, to whose reception Kierkegaard was reacting, was also in two volumes. Perhaps in view of his comments a second edition, of 1849, appeared in a single volume. But later editions, encumbered with an increasingly demanding annotational apparatus (to say nothing of introductions), have been forced into the two-volume format by plain bulk.
His other publications include Mental Images – A Defence, Kierkegaard (Arguments of the Philosophers), Human Consciousness, Kierkegaard: A Biography, and Kierkegaard and Philosophy: Selected Essays, as well as articles on diverse themes in philosophical collections and journals. , 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, USA Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 10 Alcorn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4V 3B2 Penguin Books India (P) Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi – 110 017, India Penguin Books (NZ) Ltd, Cnr Rosedale and Airborne Roads, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank 2196, South Africa Penguin Books Ltd.
And we still don’t really know what Kierkegaard ever thought of Vilhelm. Our comments here, now that we are focusing on the author and not the work, can be treated initially as nothing but an appendix to the biography. One question relates to selfhood. * Might then the later Kierkegaard wish to allow that emerging from the cover of his pseudonyms to conduct a public campaign against the established Church also counted as a form of revelation? Or does his regret at not having married amount to a belief that he remained incompletely revealed and therefore that he failed to attain true selfhood?