Deliberations, while they may ostensibly deal with the same subject matter, imply that the reader stands outside the matter being weighed. We are never "authors" of books, but only readers of "the old familiar text handed down from the fathers.
Judge For Yourselves! Kierkegaard Lilien paa Marken og Fuglen under Himlen. Kierkegaard found this favorable treatment offensive partly out of vanity, ostensibly because of his ongoing critique of the press's influence on public opinion.
Af Johannes Climacus. Once we understand that we are in sin, we can understand that there is some being over against which we are always in the wrong.
We have to begin from the beginning. Sometimes Kierkegaard would publish more than one book on the same day. Kierkegaard struggled to find appropriate means of communication that would address the inward nature of Christian faith.
They were equally "direct" - being published under his own name, but addressed different emotions and values.
Almost immediately after his dissertation defense, Kierkegaard broke off his engagement to Regina. The Sickness Unto Death: Houe, Poul, 2000, Gordon D.
Three Addresses on Imagined Occasions by S. Religiousness B is dubbed "paradoxical religiousness" and is supposed to represent the essence of Christianity.
Movements and Positions , Albany: Imagination and Will in Kierkegaardian Faith , Oxford: What we cannot do, according to Kierkegaard, is believe by virtue of reason. As far as the aesthetic stage of existence is concerned what is preserved in the higher religious stage is the sense of infinite possibility made available through the imagination. The pseudonymous author of Prefaces , Nicholas Notabene, is a pedant whose wife has forbidden him to be an author.
Kierkegaard sought to provide a similar service for his own contemporaries. Hamann, G. Repetition begins with a discussion of the analysis of motion by the Eleatic philosophers. And it is self-deceiving insofar as it substitutes fantasies for actual states of affairs. But obedience is not straightforward. Others have sought to find means of reconciling Climacus' claims with some more extended notion of reason.
Many other writers have been inspired by Kierkegaard to tackle fundamental issues in philosophy, politics, theology and psychology.
At the end of Concluding Unscientific Postscript , Climacus explicitly revokes everything he has said - though he is careful to add that to say something and revoke it is not the same as never having said it at all. We can see in the journey from eros in the "aesthetic authorship" to agape in the "second authorship" a personal attempt by Kierkegaard to sublimate his selfish desire for Regina into a self-sacrificing universal duty to love the neighbor.