Either/or: A Fragment Of Life by Soren KierkegaardEither/or: A Fragment Of Life by Soren Kierkegaard

Either/or: A Fragment Of Life

bySoren KierkegaardTranslated byAlastair HannayIntroduction byAlastair Hannay

Paperback | December 1, 1992

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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.

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S¢ren 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 re...
Title:Either/or: A Fragment Of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 7.78 × 5.1 × 1.1 inPublished:December 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140445773

ISBN - 13:9780140445770

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius work Kierkegaard is a fantastic author, and this book does not disappoint. He writes under pseudonyms in this book to show different points of view on how one should live their life. Kierkegaard's use of pseudonyms lets this work be read from a detached eye; it is not exactly Kierkegaard's point of view, but the point of view of the respective characters he uses to explain the different ways of living. This is a good read and a good book to get into Kierkegaard's thought.
Date published: 2017-04-07

Table of Contents

Either/Or Translator's Note
Part One: Containing the Papers of A
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