Soren Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks, Vol. 1: Journals by Søren Kierkegaard, Bruce H. Kirmmse, Niels Jørgen Cappelørn,

By Søren Kierkegaard, Bruce H. Kirmmse, Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Alastair Hannay, George Pattison, Jon Stewart

I wish to write a singular during which the most personality will be a guy who received a couple of glasses, one lens of which lowered photos as powerfully as an oxyhydrogen microscope, and the opposite of which magnified at the related scale, in order that he perceived every little thing relatively.

A flight of fancy by way of an aspiring technology fiction author? whereas it may possibly sound as such, this wistful musing is among the little-discussed own reflections of nineteenth-century thinker Søren Kierkegaard, whose impressive journals and notebooks, unpublished in the course of his lifetime, are provided right here.

The first of an eleven-volume sequence produced via Copenhagen's Søren Kierkegaard study Centre, this quantity is the 1st English translation and remark of Kierkegaard's journals in response to up to date scholarship. It deals new perception into Kierkegaard's internal existence. as well as early drafts of his released works, the journals comprise his concepts on present occasions and philosophical and theological issues, notes on books he was once interpreting, miscellaneous jottings, and ideas for destiny literary initiatives. Kierkegaard wrote his journals in a two-column structure, one for his preliminary entries and the second one for the marginal reviews he further later. the hot version of the journals reproduces this layout and includes images of unique manuscript pages, in addition to large scholarly observation. Translated through top specialists on Kierkegaard, Journals and Notebooks becomes the benchmark for all destiny Kierkegaard scholarship.

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14 Jan. 37 20 25 30 35 Journal AA : 12 · 1835 24 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Gilleleje 1 Aug. 1835 The way I have tried to show matters in the preceding pages is how they actually seemed to me. In now trying to come to an understanding with myself about my life, things look different. Just as a child takes time to learn to distinguish itself from objects and for quite a while so little distinguishes itself from its surroundings that, keeping the stress on the passive side, it says things like “me hit the horse,” this same phenomenon repeats itself in a higher spiritual sphere.

I have always preferred free, perhaps therefore also rather indefinite, studies to the offerings at private dining clubs where one knows beforehand who the guests will be and what food will be served each day of the week. Since it is, however, a requirement, and one is hardly permitted entry to the scholarly commons without first being branded, and regarding it in 17 18 Journal AA : 12 · 1835 view of my present state of mind as beneficial to myself, in the knowledge that by doing this I can also make my father very happy (he thinks that the real Canaan lies on the other side of the theological degree, but also, like Moses of old, ascends Mount Tabor and declares that I will never get in—yet I hope that this time the prophecy will not be fulfilled), then I had better knuckle down.

But at the same moment he would have denied his character as a doubter. But doubt of this kind can arise in other spheres too. Even if a man has come to terms with himself on several such main issues, there are still other important questions in life. Naturally every man wants to be effective in the world according to his aptitudes, but that again means in a definite direction, namely that best suited to his individuality. But which direction is that? Here I stand before a big question mark. Here I stand like Hercules, but not where the road divides—no, here there are far more roads to take and it is thus much more difficult to choose the right one.

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