Either/Or

Either/Or

A Fragment of Life


Introduction by: Alastair Hannay
Editor: Victor Eremita
Translator: Alastair Hannay

Format
Paperback
Price
$20.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140445770
  • 640 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

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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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
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