By Michael Strawser
Both/And is a brand new interpretation of Kierkegaard's writings which makes an attempt to make experience of a really varied authorship via providing a entire interpretation of either Kierkegaard's so-called aesthetic and his non secular writings. Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) stands for a turning element in philosophy from a scientific philosophy - which, with its specialize in objectivity, makes an attempt to put itself at the safe course of technology - to a philosophythat focuses its recognition 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 classy and the non secular works - certainly, Kierkegaard pointed out 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 cultured from the non secular, yet connects them. this can be what Strawser calls the road from irony to edification. This line is the road of both/and, the road of connection. Strawser addresses the complex yet traditional courting among Kierkegaard and postmodernism and gives interesting chances. Strawser believes that modern postmodern philosophical issues relief a serious examining of Kierkegaard, yet the sort of analyzing must never be beaten by way of them. the sort of complete studying is what Strawser bargains the reader in Both/And.
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14 While it is true that any ultimate attempt to categorize the writings of Kierkegaard is doomed to failure, this does not preclude my making pointed distinctions in the structuring of my study, so long as it is borne in mind that an ultimate justification for these categories and distinctions shall not be forthcoming. Having said this, I shall read The Concept of Irony, Johannes Climacus, Philosophical Fragments, and Concluding Unscientific Postscript as Kierkegaard's "predominantly" philosophical works, which provide the most interesting and lively picture both of Kierkegaard's conception of philosophy and his attitude toward Socrates (the father of philosophy), Descartes (the father of modern philosophy), and Hegel (the end-fulfillment of modern philosophy).
By special grace I was granted the privilege of making a wish. "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.
18 It is my hope that these distinctions will allow for greater precision in discussing and interpreting Kierkegaard's output. " Moreover, there are additional, now customary, distinctions made within Kierkegaard's authorship. ) of the authorship. Given the formidable size of the corpus of Kierkegaard's writings, the distinctions explained thus far may assist readers in following the complex philosophical study that will develop in the following pages. In general, then, this will be a holistic study of Kierkegaard's writings which pays careful attention to the holes in Kierkegaard's interpretation of his authorship and thereupon seeks to establish a greater whole.