I took a class in Kierkegaard and it was represented that Kierkegaard’s use of pseudonyms was highly significant. Either he meant what he said, or he was being ironic, or something else entirely.
Why did Voltaire use pseudonyms?
Voltaire had a strained relationship with his father, who discouraged his literary aspirations and tried to force him into a legal career. Possibly to show his rejection of his father’s values, he dropped his family name and adopted the nom de plume “Voltaire” upon completing his first play in 1718.
What pseudonym did Kierkegaard use?
This chapter focuses on Soren Kierkegaard’s use of pseudonyms. Some of the names he used include Johannes Climacus, Johannes de silentio, and Vigilius Haufniensus.
What did Kierkegaard write?
Søren Kierkegaard’s voluminous works, many of which were pseudonymous, included Either/Or (1843), Fear and Trembling (1844), Philosophical Fragments (1844), The Concept of Anxiety (1844), Stages on Life’s Way (1845), Concluding Unscientific Postscript (1846), Sickness unto Death (1849), and Training in Christianity ( …
What is the self for Kierkegaard?
A self is, for Kierkegaard, a set of relations. On the simplest level, a self is a set of relations between a person and the world around him or her. A body and a brain constitute a person, but more is required for a self. The self is defined by external and internal relations.
What are the 3 stages of existence in Kierkegaard?
In the pseudonymous works of Kierkegaard’s first literary period, three stages on life’s way, or three spheres of existence, are distinguished: the aesthetic, the ethical, and the religious.
What is synthesis Kierkegaard?
“Man is the synthesis of the infinite and the finite, the temporal and the eternal, of freedom and necessity, in short it is a synthesis. A synthesis is a relation between two factors. So regarded, man is not yet a self.”
What is the finite Kierkegaard?
The finite corresponds to actuality or necessity, to the concrete here and now, to one’s reality as a definite something in the world. There is a compulsion to completely absorb oneself in either the finite or infinite, for in doing so one abandons the responsibility of being a self.