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Stages on Life's Way, the sequel to Either/Or, is an intensely poetic example of Kierkegaard's vision of the three stages, or spheres, of existence: the esthetic, the ethical, and the religious. With characteristic love for mystification, he presents the work as a bundle of documents fallen by chance into the hands of "Hilarius Bookbinder, " who prepared them for printing. The book begi ...more
Paperback, Kierkegaard's Writings #11, 780 pages
Published November 21st 1988 by Princeton University Press (first published April 30th 1845)
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C.G. Fewston
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In his “Letter to the Reader” (pgs 398-494), Kierkegaard provides some insightful comments and analysis on the differences between the “tragic” and the “comic” in literature (or what he calls the “imaginary construction”), which is useful for any serious writer. One of the first and major distinctions between the tragic and the comic is how the tragic needs the historical far more than the comic does.

“It is by far the common practice to utilize the historical and with considerable reservation t
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Eric
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Though of course many of “Kierkegaard’s” works are synonymous, Stages on Life’s Way is an especially polyphonious mess. The text is introduced by one Hilarius Bookbinder, who purports to be published a gathered folio of papers left at his shop by an anonymous client. The folio itself consists of “In Vino Veritas,” a dialogue modeled on Plato’s Symposium and narrated by an unknown observer; “Reflections on Marriage” by Judge William (who also “wrote” the second part of Kierkegaard’s Either/Or); t ...more
David Calhoun
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Either/Or laid out the esthetic and the ethical existences (in books 1 and 2 respectively), and this book that came along years later is supposed to be a sort of followup that spells out the third existence, the religious, alongside the others.

I definitely preferred this one over Either/Or (note: I have only read the first volume of Either/Or so far). This one is composed of a few smaller works: "In Vino Veritas", "Reflections on Marriage", "Guilty? Not Guilty?", "Letter to the Reade
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Beatriz Miloiu
Por fin!!
соленка
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Колкото повече чета Киркегор, толкова повече го заобичвам. Прекрасен и вдъхновителен! Единствен в своята категория.
Zach
Some authors and great books have means of returning you to yourself; while others blaze new trails and cause seismic shifts to happen, which in turn create new vistas, never thought possible. And some authors can do both of these, occasionally simultaneously.

I return to great authors and great books for both of these reasons, and I've learned that, for my part, Kierkegaard has this later ambidextrous skill in spades. With many wonderful passages to choose from, I feel compelled to o
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Mathias Swartling
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...genom att observera stjärnorna och läsa i kaffesumpen i kraft av min skaldeblick och mina falkögon, gör följande makalösa förutsägelse veterlig, att av bokens fåtaliga läsare kommer två tredjedelar att stupa på halva vägen, vilket också kan uttryckas så här: de kommer att köra fast och kasta bort boken av leda."

LOL detta var träffande. Jag gjorde likadant, men i en sista ansats bläddrade jag fram, blev HÄNFÖRD av detta citat. Fortsatte att läsa. genialiskt
första delen av boken F
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Karen
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is really an excellent read, in a profound way. It's one of the books that you may have read for a Philosophy course in college. While it didn't clip along for me, I found it to be insightful. The first part of it made me wonder if I was crazy, because you start to think too much. But it's good. It would be better as part of a class where there were in depth discussions. It's not for the weary to read, that is for sure, because your mind would wander every third sentence. My suggestion woul ...more
Josiah
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down the most brilliant thing I've ever read.
Mathias Swartling
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nästan obegriplig. MEN likvisst berikande, insiktsfull för en trevande ung man i livets begynnande skeende
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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
“It is the thought, not the incidentals of expression, that essentially makes an exposition unpopular. A systematic ribbon and button maker can become unpopular but essentially is not at all, inasmuch as he does not mean much by the very odd things he says (alas, and this is a popular art!). Socrates, on the other hand, was the most unpopular in Greece because he said the same thing as the simplest person but meant infinitely much by it. To be able to stick to one thing, to stick to it with ethical passion and undauntedness of spirit, to see the intrinsic duplexity of this one thought with the same impartiality, and at one and the same time to see the most profound earnestness and the greatest jest, the deepest tragedy and highest comedy―this is unpopular in any age for anyone who has not realized that immediacy is over. But neither can what is essentially unpopular be learned by rote. More on that later.” 0 likes
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