The Ethics of Authorship
Communication, Seduction, and Death in Hegel and Kierkegaard
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I have learned more about the ethics of authorship from my students at Eastern Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Napanoch, New York, than I have from any of the excellent books and articles I have read on the topic...
Introduction: Rorschach Tests
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What the Greek comic playwright Aristophanes did for Socrates, the Danish Christian humorist (as he often called himself ) Søren Kierkegaard did for Hegel. With delectably malicious wit, these master tormentors reduced...
1. A Question of Style
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Kierkegaard defines his authorship in a negative space in relation to Hegel, the Great Philosopher, who serves as the ground against which the figure of Kierkegaard emerges and takes on his own identity. At the heart...
2. Live or Tell
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Kierkegaard most often represents his difference from Hegel in terms of the contrast between action and thinking about action, existing and contemplating existence, living and philosophizing about living...
3. Kierkegaard’s Seductions
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In 1843, at the age of twenty-nine, Søren Kierkegaard published Either/Or, a nearly eight-hundred-page book (the first of six published in 1843) written largely during a several-month visit to Berlin where he had ensconced himself...
4. Hegel’s Seductions
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whether we think of Kierkegaard’s authorship as seductive in the sense of eroticizing the reader so as to devour her or as an emancipation of the reader into autonomy—the two readings we considered at the close...
5. Talking Cures
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Franz Anton Mesmer, the early pioneer of hypnotism and animal magnetism, claimed that he once experimented for three months with thinking without words. In Chapter 2 we saw that Sartre’s Roquentin conducted...
6. A Penchant for Disguise: The Death (and Rebirth) of the Author in Kierkegaard and Nietzsche
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On October 2, 1855, at the age of forty-two, Søren Kierkegaard, returning from the bank with the last installment of his inheritance, collapsed on the street in Copenhagen. He was brought to Frederick’s hospital...
7. Passing Over: The Death of the Author in Hegel
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Surely no major philosopher has been as criticized, scorned, lampooned, dismissed, dismantled, and deconstructed as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Already in 1819, during the height of Hegel’s fame, Arthur Schopenhauer was writing...
Conclusion: The Melancholy of Having Finished
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At the end of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (or rather the provisional end: Nietzsche then adds an ‘‘Aftersong,’’ the poem ‘‘From High Mountains’’), he expresses his melancholy at having finished...
Aftersong: From Low Down
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Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2011