Both and: reading Kierkegaard : from irony to edification by Michael Strawser

By Michael Strawser

Both/And is a brand new interpretation of Kierkegaard's writings which makes an attempt to make experience of a truly assorted authorship through providing a entire interpretation of either Kierkegaard's so-called aesthetic and his spiritual writings. Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) stands for a turning aspect in philosophy from a scientific philosophy - which, with its concentrate on objectivity, makes an attempt to put itself at the safe direction of technological know-how - to a philosophythat focuses its cognizance in subjectivity and overtly recognizes itself as fragmentary and provisional. Strawser examines Kierkegaard's works as spiritual, aesthetic/poetic, and philosophical and argues that irony runs via either the cultured and the spiritual works - certainly, Kierkegaard observed himself because the Magister of Irony. yet Strawser is going past those obstacles to attract within the interpretation of Kierkegaard's writing no longer a line which cuts off the classy from the spiritual, yet connects them. this is often what Strawser calls the road from irony to edification. This line is the road of both/and, the road of connection. Strawser addresses the not easy yet usual courting among Kierkegaard and postmodernism and provides fascinating probabilities. Strawser believes that modern postmodern philosophical issues reduction a serious examining of Kierkegaard, yet this type of interpreting must never be beaten via them. the sort of accomplished analyzing is what Strawser deals the reader in Both/And.

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It is my view that one cannot adequately deal with interesting contemporary questions without first furnishing a comprehensive reading of the Kierkegaardian literature, because their answers need to be based on and preceded by just such a reading. Any other method would be little more than intellectual guesswork, which should be avoided in one's own work and assailed in the growing field of Kierkegaardology. Notes 1. Quoted from Ulrich Johannes Schneider's Die Vergangenheit des Geistes: Eine Archäologie der Philosophiegeschichte (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1991) by Jonathan Rée in his review "The Philosopher in the Library," Times Literary Supplement (October 4, 1991).

To complicate, it is not too soon to etymologize. "Subject" comes from the Latin roots sub (under) plus iacere (to throw), and means a placing or a putting under, such as under the authority or control of, or owing allegiance to an(-)other. "Object" is from the Latin ob (before, Page xxxv toward) plus iacere, and means a casting before or that which appears (before). '' 4. As we shall see below, the idea of transfiguring or transubstantiating experience is dear to Kierkegaard. 5. "The task of examining Kierkegaard's work philosophically is not easy.

Will you," said Mercury, "have youth, or beauty, or power, or a long life, or the most beautiful girl, or any of the other glories we have in the chest? '' Not one of the gods said a word; on the contrary, they all began to laugh. '' A, EO I 41-2; SV II 44 Page xv INTRODUCTION: READING KIERKEGAARD PHILOSOPHICALLY The more the poet has abandoned this, the more necessary it is for him to have a total-view [Total-Anskuelse] of the world and in this way to be lord over irony in his individual existence, and the more necessary it becomes for him to be a philosopher to a certain degree.

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