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Aut-aut: estetica ed etica nella formazione della personalità

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Aut-Aut, pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1843, è l'opera in cui il pensiero di Sören Kierkegaard raggiunge il suo apice. La contrapposizione fra vita estetica e vita etica, il passaggio dall'una all'altra attraverso l'esperienza della disperazione e dell'angoscia, la scelta come fardello esistenziale, il compito della realizzazione di sé in quanto individui: sono questi ...more
Paperback, Oscar classici #489, 272 pages
Published 2006 by Mondadori (first published February 20th 1843)
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May 11, 2016 Foad marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
معرفی اجمالی کتاب "یا این یا آن"
اثر سورن کیرکگور
به مناسبت خبر ترجمه ى كتاب توسط "صالح نجفى"

سه سپهر
کیرکگور در نظریه ی انسان شناسی خود، تبیین می کند که زندگی انسانی، سه وادی مختلف، سه سپهر مختلف، سه جهان مختلف دارد و هر کس، الزاماً در یکی از این سه سپهر زندگی می کند: سپهر لذت جویی، سپهر اخلاقی، سپهر ایمانی.

کتاب «یا این یا آن» به بررسی دو مرحله از این سه سپهر (سپهر لذت جویی، و سپهر اخلاقی) می پردازد که فرد باید یکی را برگزیند و نمی تواند در هر دو زندگی کند. کیرکگور می گوید به رغم آن چه هگل اصرار د
Søren Kierkegaard was clever, arrogant, verbose, observant, cynical, ironic, prolific, religious, gifted. His writing is dense, polemical, lyrical, remarkable.

His magnum opus, Either-Or, is an exceptional work. I struggled my way through it, much as I imagine I would struggle to climb Mount Everest – through nebulous passages, up windy roads that sometimes narrowed, sometimes digressed into unexpected territory, always challenged my footing and my stamina. But on nearly every page there was a s
Sean Wilson
Jan 26, 2016 Sean Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book full of musings on many different elements of life and issues which are still very much relevant today, Either/Or is a wonderful book, not just as a piece of philosophy, but as pure literature. Soren Kierkegaard writes like a poet, which makes his philosophical writings so entertaining and enlightening to read.

A guide to a meaningful existence, Kierkegaard explores the aesthetic and ethical ideologies of life through two characters: A, the aesthetician and Judge Wilhelm, the ethicist. Par
AJ Griffin
Sep 09, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that you read that covers a bunch of things you had been thinking about on your own, at which point you realize "oh: i'm not really that smart, am I?"

But as a general rule, I like anyone who agrees with me, and I like the way Kerigaodigjadkfaodfkadsdfnsldfkasdfnlaskdn (sp?) writes. 4 stars from me.

also a very very good album, but that's a different deal.
Brent McCulley
Nov 21, 2014 Brent McCulley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Easily one of the best books I have read this year, as this year nears the end, I can say without a doubt that Kierkegaard was truly a genius. It is not without purpose that my mind immediately rushes to Nietzsche pithy aphorism on genius wherein he writes,
"Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than being misunderstood. In the latter case, perhaps his vanity suffers, but the former hurts his heart, his sympathy, which always says, "Alas, why do you want to have it as hard as I d
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Marcus Speh
May 28, 2012 Marcus Speh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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kierkegaard's either/or which i first read in the german translation (possibly a little closer to the danish original) is a first rate philosophical excursion that, much like many of the works of nietzsche, is also a first rate literary pleasure. it is only reluctantly that i call this book "non-fiction". if published today, e.g. in mcsweeney's, either/or, k.s first published book, would blow people away just the same and lead to a global existential outcry of youths. k. has always informed my w ...more
From Part Two: (1) The Aesthetic validity of marriage

Marriage was constructed with highest in mind: lasting possession. To conquer, one needs pride; to possess, humility. To conquer one needs to be violent; to possess, to have patience. To conquer, greed; to possess, contentment... Pride lends itself superbly to representation, for what is essential in pride is not succession in time but intensity in the moment. Humility is hard to represent just because it is indeed successive. In the case of h
Oct 04, 2007 Seri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists, seducers, judges
Shelves: booksireadin2006
Even if you are not interested in philosophy, this book is great to read just for its literary style. Kierkegaard speaks through a pseudonymous editor, who has compiled the diary of an aesthete who is also a seducer of young girls. Warning the aesthete is a judge who pleads with him to choose an ethical life over his aesthetic gallavanting lifestyle.

Kierkegaard is not only a great philosopher, but also a great writer. This is his first work and also the best introduction to his later philosophy.
S.J. Pettersson
Apr 21, 2013 S.J. Pettersson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worn-spines
Either you have read this book, or you have not. If you have read it, you will not require a review, if you have not, non will suffice to describe its content.
A friend took me to visit Kierkegaard's grave at assistens kirkrgården in Copenhagen during a difficult time in my life. Ben Webster is also buried there.
Jun 18, 2016 no_more_color rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Yes, I assure you that if my own life, through no fault of my own, were so fraught with sorrows and sufferings that I could call myself the greatest tragic hero, revel in my pain, and appal the world by calling attention to it, my choice is made; I divest myself of the hero's apparel and of tragedy's pathos, I am not the afflicted one who can be proud of his suffering, I am the humble one who is aware of his sin. I have only one expression for what I suffer-guilt; one expression for my pain-rep ...more
Either/or is discredited by its principle reliance on the necessity to choose between an aesthetic or ethical life. Kierkegaard makes the point that we have to choose between these if we want to have purpose to life because of the inherent contradiction between the two. However this choice seems arbitrary and unnatural. Even if necessary (which I doubt it is), why propose a philosophy that's impossible for a vast majority of people to apply?

While the logic is pretty shady for a work considered t
Jan 20, 2012 Eve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enten you Love this / Eller you don't. It had a big impact on my life for sure...
Edward III
May 22, 2014 Edward III rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of those rare things, a philosophical work that might actually change you. Works of philosophy should either make you look at the world differently, or yourself differently. Either/Or is in the latter class.

This is the first book by the first existentialist philospher, the Dane Soren Kierkegaard. In many ways it is unusual, such as I have described above, and also in terms of its structure. It is written under a pseudonym (Victor Eremita) who himself has not actually "written" t
Are passions, then, the Pagans of the soul? Reason alone baptized?

I guess the choice of this quote in the beginning of the book tells us a lot about the common thread in this book and the rest of his work.

So the book is divided into two parts and Victor Eremita is the editor who published the work.

The part I written by the young ironic aesthete “A” contains a lot of witty aphorisms, an essay on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a very interesting essay on tragedy in ancient and modern drama and an insightf
Matias Dalsgaard
I very much learned thinking and observing from Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard is at the same time a philosopher, a psychologist and a writer. In Either-Or you find all these aspects of Kierkegaard. The aesthetic observer in part one and the ethic and religious philosophy in part two of the book. A good place to start getting acquainted with Kierkegaard's style and intellectual universe.
Aug 30, 2016 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Alastair Hannay writes that the "motivation" for Either/Or was "probably a combination of two things:" 1. breaking off with Regine Olsen and 2. his confrontation with Schelling's philosophy. I'm fascinated by the whole breakup story. I've long tried to figure out why he did it. I think it was Francis Bacon who said something like "He who has a wife and children has given hostages to fortune." Or maybe it was Kevin Bacon. In any case, I think Soren made the choice to write and he did not want any ...more
Jul 24, 2016 Ime1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Mr. E,

I leave this review here in case you ever find yourself perusing this section of my reading list. It's also a place I will refer to in our discussions when I did not expand adequately on my thoughts on Kierkegaard.

"Either/Or: A Fragment of Life" is a beautifully written book. It is not a book one loves but one lusts. In the words of the author "for what distinguishes love from lust is its having the stamp of the eternal. For the sensual is the instantaneous. It seeks instant satisfact
Logophile (Heather)
This was a slow read. Not because it isn't interesting but because it demands every available brain cell be focused. His discussions of the aesthetic and then the ethical life are presented by means of letters, and a diary, written by different characters created by Kierkegaard. This is a devise to show the various views from the inside.
Having read Fear and Trembling before this definitely helped me sort out some of what he was saying. An understanding his views regarding despair, resignation,
Aug 03, 2016 Alina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, 2011
Two very different books in one. The supposed author of Part I is all spark, wit, and aesthetic finess, but is also very long-winded and exasperating in his self-absorption and Byron-esc mood of a tragic hero. The author of Part II starts out in a refreshing contrast to Part I, but soon disintegrates into a rather pedantic and dry monologue of conveniently conventional self-approval. Each part includes, at the end, an essay (for the lack of a better word) that casts a doubt on the value of every ...more
Frankie Della Torre
A work of genius. "What I am essentially concerned about with regard to the book as a whole," said SK, "is that the metaphysical significance at the bottom of it may become duly evident, the fact, namely, that everything brings one up squarely against the dilemma." The Either/Or is a decisive choice between practical alternatives. SK says again, "What is either/or? - if it is I who must say it who surely must know. Either/or is the word at which the folding doors fly open and the ideals appear - ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, academic
This is by far one of the best books of philosophy I've ever read. Kierkegaard's writing style is unique and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this as part of my degree and makes for interesting reflection and discussion.
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This is a strange, interesting read. Kierkegaard has a thoughtful, and complex philosophy and it is hard to know what the man believes since he couches it in characters like the Aesthete and Judge Wilhelm.If the book were written in the 20th century it would probably be considered post-modern because while I think it is often classified as a novel, it has a unique structure.

The first part of the book is by the Aesthete character. He expounds upon Mozart's "Don Giovani" and is praising the epony
Volumes I & II, unabridged. Disappointing. 2.5 stars. Too long, too often long and boring, and too philosophically sloppy. In a word, sophomoric. Unfortunately the primary appeal in the blurring of the line between novel and philosophy does not, in this iteration, fulfill its coded promise and rise above the sum of its parts. Indeed it fails to satisfy as either or – no pun intended.

It’s usually a bad sign when a translator deems it necessary to warn: “[passages] which not only are badly exp
Mar 07, 2013 Pavel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rafinovaná kniha. Formálně pestrá sbírka aforismů, úvah i novely. Osciluje mezi nevázanou rozpustilostí a smrtelnou vážností. Vydána byla pod pseudonymem jako soubor náhodně nalezených textů dalších osob, z nichž některé se tváří, jako by vydávaly pod pseudonymem díla dalších osob. Zkrátka Kierkegaard je všechno, jen ne jednoduchý.
Hlavním tématem knihy je rozpor mezi estetickým a etickým přístupem k životu. Estetická část je pestrá, živá, lehkomyslně duchaplná, schází ji vážnost a čte se snadno.
Sep 03, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You love the accidental. A smile from a pretty girl in an interesting situation, a stolen glance, that is what you are hunting for, that is a motif for your aimless fantasy. You who always pride yourself on being an observateur must, in return, put up with becoming an object of observation. Ah, you are a strange fellow, one moment a child, the next an old man; one moment you are thinking most earnestly about the most important scholarly problems, how you will devote your life to them, and the n ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Jacco.. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do I think... First thing that comes to mind is the structure of the book, it consists of interlocking topics ranging far indeed, and on top of this several layers of pseudonyms. (and the editor does a great job of introducing you to this, and to the book's remoteness in time)
Depending on the part you are reading, it is sometimes exhilarating, funny, moving, thought provoking, and yes, sometimes dreary, tedious and hard to follow. Kierkegaard is steeped in Hegelian philosophy, so if you ar
Jan 26, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of a year-long project and focused most heavily on the chapter "The Unhappiest One." But the whole book made me think about things I've already spent decades thinking about -- the mark of a great book -- and helped crystallize some issues I'd never really settled on. The chapter I read most closely helped me finally understand the question of time in understanding my life.

This is a wonderful book, mostly accessible for any reader who likes to think. The examples Kierkega
Wafiqa Almassri
Jun 15, 2014 Wafiqa Almassri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if we mistook the way we are meant to take? What if we took both ways? Walked them both? Lived two lives? Had two life-views? Who said one can only be "ONEself" after all?
Isn't life all about this binary- opposition system? What if we were this system operator? Its substance? And who can deny the existence of this enigmatic doubled power that sleeps in us?
Life has never been an Either/Or question; however, had it been so, we would have lived linearly, endlessly..

Kierkegaard, my first book
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Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. Kierkegaard strongly criticised both the Hegelianism of his time and what he saw as the empty formalities of the Church of Denmark. Much of his work deals with religious themes such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individua ...more
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