By Søren Kierkegaard
One in all Soren Kierkegaard's most vital writings, Works of affection is a profound exam of the human center, during which the nice thinker conducts the reader into the inmost secrets and techniques of affection. "Deep inside each man," Kierkegaard writes, "there lies the dread of being on my own on this planet, forgotten by means of God, missed one of the family of thousands upon millions." Love, for Kierkegaard, is among the principal elements of lifestyles; it saves us from isolation and unites us with each other and with God.
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One in all Soren Kierkegaard's most crucial writings, Works of affection is a profound exam of the human center, during which the good thinker conducts the reader into the inmost secrets and techniques of affection. "Deep inside each man," Kierkegaard writes, "there lies the dread of being on my own on the planet, forgotten through God, missed one of the family of hundreds of thousands upon thousands.
"In the big literature of affection, The Seducer's Diary is an problematic curiosity--a feverishly highbrow try to reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic luck, a wound masked as a boast," observes John Updike in his foreword to Søren Kierkegaard''s narrative. This paintings, a bankruptcy from Kierkegaard''s first significant quantity, Either/Or, springs from his courting along with his fiancée, Regine Olsen.
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When, therefore, the existentialist says that man does not want happiness, it would be most uncharitable to interpret the statement as meaning that men do not deliberately seek happiness conceived as harmony, proportion, contentment, and so on, in the belief that it is worth pursuing. The existentialists spend a great deal of time complaining about this fact. Their intention is simply to deny that happiness so conceived is worthy of pursuit and to suggest that men who deliberately pursue this kind of “happiness” are obscurely aware of the futility of their quest.
Absolute existence is absolute mystery, for its relation with the nothing remains unmediated to our understanding. Still another offshoot of the movement under discussion is positivism, one of whose most notable twentieth-century representatives, Ludwig Wittgenstein, also specifically related the necessary contingency of being to the fact of anguish. “Not how the world is,” he writes, “is the mystical, but that it is. . ”3 The fact that Thomists, pragmatists, and positivists agree with the existentialists in regarding being as necessarily contingent ought not to lead us to overlook the originality of the latter’s views.
7 To be incapable of suffering and tears is to be swallowed up in the dread nothingness of unconsciousness. ” His answer is that of a typical existentialist hero: “Be sure, Caesonia, that without it I would be a contented man. ”8 The position of the existentialist as it is represented in this rough sketch is, of course, debatable. Consider, for instance, their second contention. If our purview is limited to the Western tradition it is probably true that men have wanted to live in the clear light of consciousness.
Works of Love by Søren Kierkegaard