By Charles Guignon
This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time the most worthwhile and insightful essays at the 4 so much influential and mentioned philosophers within the heritage of existentialism: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre.
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Kierkegaard has exercised his mordant wit on this comic separation between a shrinking personal existence and an ever-expanding social front. To be sure, the actor of the multiple parts remains unaware of the comic effect of his life. In this respect his attitude differs from that of the deliberate aestheticism of the young man in Either/Or, or of Constantin Constantius in Repetition. Indeed, the most serious danger lies precisely in the person’s inadequate awareness of his situation. As The Sickness unto Death 35 in Ronald Laing’s description of the schizophrenic mind, the real self-hidden behind these social masks-slowly shrivels into nothingness.
I do not mean to assimilate Eliot’s conception of detachment to Kierkegaard’s idea of resignation. 6. A similar distinction is implied, with a similar relation to the possibility of a transition (or choice) out of the aesthetic life, in Kierkegaard’s Either/Or, Part 11, edited and translated by Howard V. and Edna H. Hong (Princeton, N. : Princeton University Press, 1987), pp. 194,208. 7. Smen Kierkegaard, The Sickness unto Death, edited and translated by Howard V. and Edna H. Hong (Princeton, N.
A similar view of what is astonishing about Abraham is expressed in the statement that it is great to give up one’s desire, but it is greater to hold fast to it after having given it up; it is great to lay hold of the eternal, but it is greater to hold fast to the temporal after having given it up. ” Johannes locates “the absurd more precisely when he declares that he cannot take back the princess because he “continually” uses all his strength in resigning. The absurd enters the picture because the movement of faith does not end the movement of resignation, but must be made simultaneously with it.
The Existentialists: Critical Essays on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre (Critical Essays on the Classics) by Charles Guignon