Kierkegaard and Philosophical Eros: Between Ironic Reflection and Aesthetic Meaning

Kierkegaard and Philosophical Eros: Between Ironic Reflection and Aesthetic Meaning


English | ISBN: 135013371X | 2021 | 192 pages | PDF | 2 MB

In a bold new argument, Ulrika Carlsson grasps hold of the figure of Eros that haunts Søren Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Irony, and for the first time, uses it as key to interpret that text and his second book, Either/Or. According to Carlsson, Kierkegaard adopts Plato’s idea of Eros as the fundamental force that drives humans in all their pursuits. For him, every existential stance-every way of living and relating to the outside world-is at heart a way of loving.

By intensely examining Kierkegaard’s erotic language, she also challenges the theory that the philosopher’s first two books have little common ground and reveals that they are in fact intimately connected by the central and explicit topic of love. In this text suitable for both students and the Kierkegaard specialist, Carlsson claims that despite long-held beliefs about the disparity of his early work, his first two books both relate to love and Part I of Either/Or should be treated as the sequel to The Concept of Irony.

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