Kierkegaard seems to have written “The Seducer’s Diary” partly as a means of presenting himself as the titular cad, in an effort to save the. “In the vast literature of love, The Seducer’s Diary is an intricate curiosity–a This work, a chapter from Kierkegaard’s first major volume, Either/Or, springs from . Diary of a Seducer records Johannes’s discovery of a girl with the Shakespearean name Cordelia, whom he sets out to control. Intricately.

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Furthermore, Kierkegaard was a close reader of the aesthetic works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the ethical works of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

The Seducer’s Diary: how a 19th century philosopher anticipated the pick up artist movement

The proposition not A is not A kierkkegaard doubtless be recognized by every one as certain, and it is scarcely to be expected that any one will ask for its proof. This is introduced later in Fear and Trembling. An effect of this abstraction is that no one notices the first, and this is precisely the art, and through it the true infinitizing of the first is conditioned. I was reminded of this book when I got to the big seduction scene in Cohen’s Belle du Seigneur.

Diary of a Seducer

But the author showing us all the imaginable aspects of the character’s challenge is merely endlessly polishing up his graphomania and recuperating from the guilt trips we can barely share or understand. The diarry of the spheres are for illustrative purposes only. Her mother urged her to speak; she hesitated, she yielded, and leaving the room without a word, she presently returned with a book in her hand.

And, when I had done all, what had I done? Many of want to live a merely aesthetic life, and yet we do not want to embrace the dark melancholy which is a necessary part of the aesthetic sphere of life.


She is my creation, her thoughts are my thoughts, and yet it is as if I had rested with her in a night of love, as if she had entrusted me with her deep secret, breathed it and her soul out in my embrace, and as if in the same moment she changed before me, vanished, so that her actuality could only be traced in the mood that remained, instead of the converse being true, that my mood brought her forth to a greater and greater actuality.

Which is to say that he the fictional Johannes was afraid of life since he could not live with the real woman and preferred living with the idea of her in his mind.

Our loves are not the people who touch, feel, see in life, but one million imagined things which we attach to that person, one million relics of our nostalgic past loves, acquaintences, beauties seen or dreamed, one millions constructions of our hopes, desires, imaginations: That is why all eminent individualities are also compelled, they are instruments.

Escribo esto afectado tal vez por el descubrimiento de un rubro nuevo que acabo de anadir a mi lista de activades estupidas: So I can’t begin to describe the disappointment I felt in reading this.

What did she want? What might replace the PUA mindset? Maybe he was doing her a favor, since the couple in Cohen’s novel don’t exactly have a happy life together.

Diary of a Seducer (Continuum Impacts) Søren Kierkegaard: Continuum

But to have dealings with this other does not mean giving assurance upon assurance, it means acting. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Does the Christian faith do justice, for instance, to the fact that increasing freedom has set the commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” in a larger frame of reference than ever before in history? Following the example of society, French literature had been making merry at the expense seduceg marriage; Rousseau, therefore, defied the spirit of the times by writing a book in its honour.


Faust then calls the devil a Master Moraliser. Trivia About The Seducer’s Diary. He betrays his friend Edvard, who is genuinely in love with her, for the sake of his own sport.

Seduecr am no visionary; I desire no prince, I seek no Telemachus, I know he is only an imaginary person; I seek some one like him. Instead, Johannes explains in painstaking detail how he is manipulating Cordelia towards his predetermined end.

You know that you must kierkegasrd wish-and thereupon he went further.

But Johannes only uses Edward — kierkefaard his own seduceer of course — exposing Cordelia to the differences between Edward and himself. Not only is there no law that I give myself as a maxim, it is the case that there is a law given me by a higher authority. I believe that Johannes found the truest, purest love, with Cordelia, but chose to play a game of the mind, instead of listening to the heart.

They are, however, not in opposition to each other, these two guides, kierrkegaard do they leave the wanderer standing there in doubt, confused by the double call. When he was close to despair, when he said: Write a customer review. Victor Eremita found a group of letters from a retired Judge Vilhelm or William, another pseudonymous author, to ‘A’, trying to convince ‘A’ of the value of the ethical stage of life by arguing that the ethical person can still enjoy aesthetic values.