By Søren Kierkegaard
'The love of repetition is truthfully the single chuffed love'
So says Constantine Constantius at the first web page of Kierkegaard's Repetition. lifestyles itself, based on Kierkegaard's pseudonymous narrator, is a repetition, and during this witty, playful paintings Constantius explores the character of affection and happiness, the passing of time and the significance of relocating ahead (and backward). The mockingly entitled Philosophical Crumbs pursues the research of religion and love and their annoying dating with reason.
Written just a yr aside, those works supplement one another and provides the reader a special perception into the breadth and substance of Kierkegaard's concept. the 1st reads like a unique and the second one like a Platonic discussion, yet either interact, in several methods, an analogous difficult concerns. those are the 1st translations to express the literary caliber and philosophical precision of the originals. They weren't meant, in spite of the fact that, for philosophers, yet for a person who feels interested in the query of the final word fact of human lifestyles and the resource of human happiness.
Readership: Readers of philosophy and theology, scholars of philosophy, philosophy of faith, psychology and literature/religion, faith and aesthetics.
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1838 Drafts a philosophical comedy, ‘The Battle between the Old and New Soap-Cellars’ (left unpublished); father dies at age 82; publishes From the Papers of One Still Living, published against his will by S. Kierkegaard. 1840 Takes comprehensive exams (for his theology degree); proposes to Regine Olsen in September; begins seminary training for the pastorate. ) in September; breaks his engagement to Regine in October; leaves Copenhagen for Berlin, where he attends Schelling’s lectures and begins to sketch out the ﬁrst few books that establish his lasting reputation.
This is just a phase though, even though it is a terrible one. 00 at night. 00 though, one works more intrepidly than ever. If one can endure this insanity, one will win in the end. But I digress. I had actually intended this story to show that the love of recollection in fact makes a person unhappy. My young friend did not understand repetition. He did not believe in it, and thus failed to will it with enough strength. His fate was sad in that 1 Return to the original state of things. 16 Repetition he really loved the girl, but in order actually to love her, he ﬁrst had to be freed from the poetic confusion into which he had fallen.
In a certain sense, it was perhaps right that he did not even attempt it, because he could hardly have endured the horrors of the adventure. I was concerned from the beginning by the fact that he needed a conﬁdant. He who knows how to keep silent, he discovers an alphabet that has just as many letters as the ordinary one, so he is able to express everything in his secret language. No sigh is so deep that he does not have laughter that corresponds to it in this secret language, and no entreaty so obtrusive that he is not clever enough to redeem it.
Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs (Oxford World's Classics) by Søren Kierkegaard