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. According to Kierkegaard, there are three stages or “spheres” of existence: the aesthetic, the ethical and the religious. In The Seducer’s Diary. “In the vast literature of love, The Seducer’s Diary is an intricate curiosity–a feverishly intellectual attempt to reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic success.

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Such egotistic sensuality as that of the hero of Kierkegaard’s work was absurd because sedjcer suffering he caused by the satisfaction of his desires necessarily involved him in suffering and, therefore, defeated his object. It is compensation for what is lacking inside. The dialectic structure of becoming renders existence far too easy, in Hegel’s theory, because conflicts are eventually mediated and disappear automatically through a natural process that requires no individual choice other than a submission to the will of the Idea or Geist.

Better to inspire hate than pity. Is it not true that men are able by increasing freedom to envisage a larger world and to assume a responsible attitude toward dlary wider and wider circle of claims upon their conscience?

Soeren Kierkegaard, “The Seducer’s diary” (1843)

When falling in love-that is, the eternal in falling in love-is absent, then the erotic, despite all possible cleverness, revolves around what becomes nauseating because spirit qua spirit wants to have an ambiguous involvement with it.

Or, to put it the other diarry Is it not significant that we have reached a global situation in which we may destroy ourselves and each other if we fail to organize a new global “neighborhood” into a tenable brotherhood?

For instance, when you drop kierkegaxrd stone into water, it sends out a ripple of rings, each one, a different path to take, each with its own set of consequences.

sedcuer It is comic that a mentally disordered man picks up any piece of granite and carries it around because he thinks it is money, and in the same way it is comic that Don Juan has 1, mistresses, for the number simply indicates that they have no value.

Kierkegaard’s The Seducer’s Diary describes a man Johannes ‘s calculated scheme to seduce a young girl Cordelia into falling in love with him. When nothing higher than myself is binding, if it is simply that I am to bind myself, then where as A, the one who binds, am I to acquire the strictness I do not possess as B, the one to be bound, if A and B are the same self?


Jan 14, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: Aeducer acting on a kierkegaarr of mutual aid, one must mentally “create” a world with its own type of humanity and existence. This is a very effective medium for communicating his content. Did she not know that she was perfectly independent in this matter, that whatever her choice, it would be approved, for it was sure to be good?

This impulse signifies precisely the difference between the esthetic and the religious as the difference between the external and the internal.

His early work was written under various pseudonyms who present their own distinctive viewpoints in a complex dialogue. But now it is finished, and I never want to see her again.

The Seducer’s Diary

He calls the seduction: She is unable to make up her mind about love and says, “The first love is the true love, and one loves only once. Since the opposite determinations in the something are just as much posited as sublated in this positing, the third which has here the form of a dead something, when taken more profoundly, is the unity of reflection into which the opposition withdraws as into ground.

It takes dozens of pages for any advancement of plot to take place for instance, it takes 50 pages just for the main character to learn her name is Cordelia. See 1 question about The Seducer’s Diary….

Archived from the original on November 7, Hi Twiggy,it sure looks like quite an interesting read….

The Seducer’s Diary by Søren Kierkegaard

Sophocles in his Antigonesays, “The divine commands are not of yesterday, nor of to-day; no, they have an infinite existence, and no one could say whence they came. This history is of a different kind, for in this history he stands in relation to other individuals in the race, and to the whole race, and this history contains painful things, and yet he is the person he is only through this history. Ademas de la notable escasez de consejos de aplicacion practica que yo esperaba de un titulo tan prometedor, complican la figura el seduced de un lenguaje arcaico, a veces poetico y otras filosofico ramas ambas de las humanidades para las que tengo un entendimiento nulo.


With the help of his mental gifts he knew how to tempt a girl to draw her to him without caring to possess seducerr in any stricter sense. The book agitated him.

Because these two calls designate the place and show the way. The ethical life view is written as two long letters, with a more argumentative and restrained prose, discussing moral responsibilitycritical reflectionand marriage. The killed game does not interest him. This is indeed the way it is; the world around us is inconstant and can be changed into the opposite at any moment, and there is not one person who can force this change by his own might or by the conjuration of his wish.

The past in memory, like the future in our imagination, is more beautiful than the present. But so curious, by and large, is the reading public, that an author who desires to get rid of it has merely to give a little hint, just a name, and it will say: Nowhere is his intellectual tendency more akin to the negative bent of his great contemporary Kierkegaard than in this work.

The Rational has necessary existence, as being the reality and substance of things, and we are free in recognizing it as law, and following it as the substance of our own being. The word ‘diapsalmata’ is related to ‘ psalms ‘, and means “refrains”.

This demand, so directly opposed to that liberal spirit of the world, to which I was more and more tending, did not have the best effect upon me. The object of his desire is accordingly, when one rightly considers him aesthetically, something more than the mere sensuous.

This is the totality which makes the sorrow of the spectator so infinitely deep.