By Søren Kierkegaard
Ostensibly, A Literary Review is an easy observation through Soren Kierkegaard at the paintings of a latest novelist. On deeper degrees, notwithstanding, it turns into the existential philosopher's far-reaching critique of his society and age, and its apocalyptic ultimate sections encouraged the significant rules in Martin Heidegger's influential paintings Being and Time. Embraced via many readers as prophetic, A Literary Review and its suggestions stay proper to our present debates on identification, habit, and social conformity.
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1 Latin: in the best order, according to form. 11 Introduction An author publishes a work and fondly imagines: now I’ll have a month’s grace before the gentlemen reviewers have had time to read it. But what happens? Three days later a rushed notice raises an outcry and ends with the promise of a critical review. The outcry creates a tremendous sensation, the book itself is gradually forgotten and the critical review never appears. Two years later there is talk of the book in some coterie, where a well-informed person reminds the forgetful of it by identifying it as the book reviewed by F.
6 Contents page 11 Introduction Part One The objective problem of Christianity’s truth 19 Chapter 1 The historical view 21 22 31 40 § 1. § 2. § 3. Holy Scripture On the Church The centuries’ proof of the truth of Christianity Chapter 2 The speculative view Part Two 44 The subjective problem. The subject’s relation to the truth of Christianity, or what it is to become a Christian 51 Section One Something on Lessing 53 Chapter 1 An expression of gratitude to Lessing 53 Chapter 2 Possible and actual theses of Lessing 61 1.
Of course, commercially speaking, if he had described it in this way on the title page, people might have been discouraged from reading it at all, especially in view of its length (though perhaps today that might have succeeded wonderfully as a sales gimmick). But the intention was indeed that it should be read. In that appendix Climacus says that revoking a book having once written it is not same as not having written it. Better that there should be one reader than none. Indeed, even if there were several readers, the idea seems to have been that each should read it as though he or she were that one reader.
A Literary Review (Penguin Classics) aka "Two Ages" by Søren Kierkegaard