“In relation to [Kierkegaard and Nietzsche] we speak readily of an overcoming of philosophy. Furthermore, in all their work,movement is at issue. Their objection to Hegel is that he does not go beyond false movement—in other words, the abstract logical movement of ‘mediation.’ They want to put metaphysics in motion, in action. They want to […]
Another great gem from Either/Or II, found immediately preceding the parable about the giant: Dixi et animam meam liberavi [I have spoken and unburdened my soul], not as though up to now my soul had been ensnared and just now has relief in this protracted expectoration–no, this is merely healthy breathing in which my soul […]
I’ve been reading quite a bit and feel like I’m inches away from cracking this slippery concept. A lot of my conclusions seem elementary now, but I’m glad to have gotten here. Here are some further developments I’m noting: In What Ways Repetition is Impossible: Reality can never have an exact repetition because every thing […]
As a seminar at St. Olaf, we are reading through Either/Or part II right now. I realize it’s a cumbersome text, but to be honest I actually enjoy reading it more than many it seems. It’s not my first time through, but for some reason this parable either never struck me before or I unfortunately […]
I’ve been plugging through Niels Nymann Eriksen’s Kierkegaard’s Category of Repetition in the library. It’s very thorough and is probably one of the most clear treatments of the topic I’ve come across so far. One puzzle for me in studying repetition has been my inability to determine why the experiment ends in failure. Constantinus and […]
I thought it would be fun to put up a few thoughts and concerns I have driving my research here at St. Olaf. I have two broad goals: 1) have a more comfortable grasp of the concept of “repetition” and 2) discern more deeply how Kierkegaard relates to some of the marginal figures I’ve been […]
Tomorrow I begin my trip to St. Olaf College in Minnesota to work on some problems related to repetition in Kierkegaard’s writings. As a result I’ll probably be on radio silence for a few days. After that, my posts should reflect that trajectory for a while.
–Søren Kierkegaard, Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, 141-142