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By Gregor Malantschuk

"The target of this booklet is to study the complicated of matters in Soren Kierkegaard's suggestion of lifestyles. it truly is obtrusive that for Kierkegaard lifestyles is often composed of 3 components: particularly, the topic, freedom, and the moral. within the means of clarifying the relation among those 3 components within the various levels of life, the process the advance the person needs to battle through with the intention to develop into the one person is defined. "The learn falls into 4 elements. the 1st part describes the degrees in life on which as individual makes an attempt by means of his personal powers to actualize the moral beliefs; during this level the heart of gravity for a person's attempt nonetheless lies in the bounds of immanence. the second one part describes a person's moral and spiritual development because it develops with regards to a transcendent energy, whose optimum expression is Christ because the revelation of God. The 3rd part discusses the problems in life that Kierkegaard himself particular because the so much tricky of interested in human suggestion. The final part issues to the top existential place to which philosophy within the broader experience and Christianity respectively can take anyone. Kierkegaard makes use of those positions as a typical for comparing lifestyles inside immanence and for Christian life.

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In this quotation about the self that has freedom as its presupposition, it is mentioned that the self has two sides, an abstract and a concrete. Both of these elements combine in the self as a synthesis— as the “most abstract of all” it is the self ’s necessity, while as the “most concrete of all” it is the self according to its possibility, its freedom. Therefore if a person chooses himself only abstractly, that is, “according to his necessity” and excludes the other factor, freedom, this can prove to be a “terrible wrong path,” 91 because temporality loses all its meaning for him, together with all the consequences that this entails.

This appears particularly when one looks at Judge William as an existing individuality. Socrates, as the first person in Greece on the way to becoming a self,80 was consequently a sovereign personality, which can be achieved only by a relation to the eternal. This goal is also the most important to Judge William and is closely connected with his views on freedom and the ethical. Like Socrates, Judge William achieves becoming a self by the movement of infinity, but in his case this is a movement of repentance, whereas with Socrates it was one of irony.

The Young Man,” who in Repetition is very sympathetically and positively described, is also included in “In Vino Veritas” as a negative character, even though he is now placed no. 1 on a scale that shows progressively negative life-attitudes. 147 Judge William, too, as representative of the positive and concrete attitude to life, does not appear in the same ideal light in Stages on Life’s Way as in Either/Or. His enthusiasm for the married life sounds quite superficial in, for example, the following quotation: The Way from an Individual to a Self 49 If he comes home with a feather in his hat Hip, hip, hurrah!

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