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Kierkegaard for Beginners by Donald D. Palmer
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These series of book gives the bridge from Hegel to Existentialism and he adhorred Hegel's abstract, know-it-all-idealism. Kierkegaard's sophisticated aesthete concludes: There are the unsophisticated bores ("the mob, the crowd") who bore others. And there are the sophisticated bores ("the elect, the aristocracy") who bore themselves. The sophisticated form of boredom has DEATH as its natural consequence: these aristocratic aesthetes "either die of boredom (the passive form) or shoot themselves out of curiosity (the active form)." To avoid the boredom to which the pursuit of pleasure usually leads, the aesthetic author of the above passage prescribes what he calls "the Rotation Method." This method like most of us will do to keep from boredom will create your own world of pleasure. To do so you must avoid, friendship, love, marriage, business, commitments of any sort, and intense pleasures and pains. So what he is stating is that you perform certain acts that allow you to create your own unpredicted pleasures. Existentialism is what they rediscover in the twentieth century and produced in this philosophy. Most of what he writes is about his family, but then they turn out to be about you and me too.
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