Either/or: A Fragment Of Life

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Either/or: A Fragment Of Life

by Soren Kierkegaard
Translated by Alastair Hannay
Introduction by Alastair Hannay

Penguin Publishing Group | December 1, 1992 | Trade Paperback

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In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply ''A'', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer''s Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A masterpiece of duality, Either/Or is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical - both meditating ironically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures, and eloquently expounding the noble virtues of a morally upstanding life.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 7.77 × 5.07 × 1.12 in

Published: December 1, 1992

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140445773

ISBN - 13: 9780140445770

Found in: Philosophers, Religion and Spirituality
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Either/or: A Fragment Of Life

by Soren Kierkegaard
Translated by Alastair Hannay
Introduction by Alastair Hannay

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 7.77 × 5.07 × 1.12 in

Published: December 1, 1992

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140445773

ISBN - 13: 9780140445770

Table of Contents

Either/Or Translator''s Note
Introduction
Part One: Containing the Papers of A
Preface
1. Diapsalmata
2. The Immediate Erotic Stages or the Musical Erotic
3. Ancient Tragedy''s Reflection in the Modern
4. Shadowgraphs
5. The Unhappiest One
6. Crop Rotation
7. The Seducer''s Diary
Part Two: Containing the Papers of B: Letters to A
1. The Aesthetic Validity of Marriage
2. Equilibrium between the Aesthetic and the Ethical in the Development of Personality
3. Last Word
4. The Edifying in the Thought that Against God We Are Always in the Wrong
Notes

From the Publisher

In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply ''A'', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer''s Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A masterpiece of duality, Either/Or is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical - both meditating ironically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures, and eloquently expounding the noble virtues of a morally upstanding life.

From the Jacket

The first major work by the precursor of existentialism examines the philosophical choice between aesthetic and romantic life versus ethical and domestic life, and offers profound observations on the meaning of choice itself. Sheltering behind the persona of a fictitious editor, Kierkegaard brings together a diverse range of material, including reflections on Mozart and the famous “Seducer’s Diary.”

About the Author

Kierkegaard (1813-55) was born in Copenhagen, the youngest of seven children. His childhood was unhappy, clouded by the religious fervour of his father, and the death of his mother, his sisters and two brothers. Educated at the School of Civic Virtue, he went on study theology, liberal arts and science at university, gaining a reputation for his academic brilliance and extravagant social life. He began to criticize Christianity, and in 1841 broke off his engagement to concentrate on his writing. Over the next ten years he produced a flood of works, in particular twelve major philosophical essays, many written under noms de plume. By the end of his life he had become an object of public ridicule, but he is now enjoying increasing acclaim. Alastair Hannay was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, the University of Edinburgh and University College London. In 1961 he became a resident of Norway and is now Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo.

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18