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Diary of a Seducer [Paperback]

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Item description for Diary of a Seducer by Soren Kierkegaard & Alastair Hannay...

Diary of a Seducer is the disturbing narrative of a man who explores his own sense of detachment by deliberately arousing the passion of a young society girl whom he first sees fleetingly. The fundamental ambiguity at the centre of Diary of a Seducer lies in the conflict between the narrator's philosophical and intellectual search for aesthetic pleasure and the very suffering this search ultimately inflicts.

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Pages   238
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.5" Height: 6.25"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 25, 1999
Publisher   Pushkin Press
ISBN  1901285235  
ISBN13  9781901285239  

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More About Soren Kierkegaard & Alastair Hannay

Soren Kierkegaard Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology and philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking, and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment. He was a fierce critic of idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time, such as Swedenborg, Hegel, Goethe, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel, and Hans Christian Andersen.

His theological work focuses on Christian ethics, the institution of the Church, the differences between purely objective proofs of Christianity, the infinite qualitative distinction between man and God, and the individual's subjective relationship to Jesus Christ, the God-Man, which came through faith. Much of his work deals with the art of Christian love. He was extremely critical of the practice of Christianity as a state religion, primarily that of the Church of Denmark. His psychological work explored the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices.

Soren Kierkegaard was born in 1813 and died in 1855.

Soren Kierkegaard has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  2. Concluding Unscientific Postscripts to Philosophical Fragmen
  3. Harper Torchbooks
  4. Harperperennial Modern Thought
  5. Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion (Hardcover)
  6. Kierkegaard's Writings (Paperback)
  7. New York Review Books (Paperback)
  8. Penguin Classics
  9. Phoenix Books

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Nerd fantasy  Feb 26, 2008
I just had the pleasure of rereading this book that I first read 20 years ago on the recommendation of one of my graduate school professors. It's an impressive statement of belief in the power of the mind over the superficial while playing to a wholly inappropriate (but amusing) chord of self pity and thinly veiled self love. A great perspective on Soren's mind.
Don't be fooled...  Oct 4, 2005 contemporary pop memoirs like "The Game" and "The System." After all, whatever weaknesses those "pick-up artists" overcame, be it shyness or baldness, they certainly didn't have to deal with having a hunchback or living in a society which elevated prudishness. As a second advantage, Kierkegaard also learned how to write. Don't hate the player...
the ultimate aesthetic experience  May 7, 2001
As most Kierkegaard buffs will know, this novel is actually a small part of the monumental philosophical tract, Either/Or from 1843. Please don't let that fact keep you from reading this delightfully seductive and disturbing novel. In it, Kierkegaard sets out to describe and explore the life of the ultimate aesthete, Johannes, as he targets an innocent young girl, Cordelia, for seduction. Kierkegaard plays with layers of framing and writes such exquisite prose that at least this reader constantly has to struggle not to be seduced by the beauty of it. His aim in writing the text is, at least in part, to show how horrible Johannes and people like him really are, but a surprising number of people just plain don't get the subtlety of Kierkegaard's irony. Hannay's translation doesn't seem to get in the way (I've read it in the original Danish as well), although I'll leave it to the Kierkegaard scholars to determine whether its really a good translation or not.

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