Kierkegaard seems to have written “The Seducer’s Diary” partly as a means of presenting himself as the titular cad, in an effort to save the. “In the vast literature of love, The Seducer’s Diary is an intricate curiosity–a This work, a chapter from Kierkegaard’s first major volume, Either/Or, springs from . The Seducer’s Diary commences with an introduction by A, an invention of Kierkegaard’s who is the author of the works comprising the first half of Either/Or. His.
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Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license. He cites Arthur Schopenhauer to argue that women are less rational than men and so should be controlled by them.
It reduces women to sites for the agency of men, mere mechanisms for producing sex and comfort. On one level the PUA pathology is easy enough to diagnose: All of it, however, amounts to little more than obvious figleaves for a kkerkegaard to reclaim power over women. Even a one-night stand has lost its luster since the quality will be modest at best and condom use will be usually required, decreasing the overall sexual pleasure.
At 36, Valizadeh is still chasing sexual conquests while simultaneously tiring of them.
His entire conception of the good life is structured around attaining a particular form of pleasure, while simultaneously avoiding commitments and their attendant loss of autonomy and risk of boredom. A Fragment of Life. Not unusually for the era, it was published under a pseudonym. These papers are supposedly written by two different men: But boredom, it turns out, always catches you in the end.
The Seducer’s Diary by Søren Kierkegaard
This, gentlemen, is the essence of all philosophy. Instead, Johannes explains in painstaking detail how he is manipulating Cordelia towards his predetermined end.
He is at once both key actor in and passive observer of her seduction, obsessively analysing every minute detail. Yet Johannes too is living in a form of despair. And when his conquest is complete, he must immediately move on lest boredom catch up with him:.
But now it is finished, and I never want to see her again. When a girl has given away everything, she is weak, she has lost everything… Now all resistance is impossible, and to love is beautiful only as long as resistance is present; as soon as it ceases, to love is weakness and habit.
The hunter is in fact the doomed quarry. Rather he is begging A to choose to see the world in ethical terms at all:. Here the question is under what determinants one would contemplate the whole of existence and would himself live. And the motivation to do so is precisely that a life governed entirely by pleasure has failed.
In other words, even if you could somehow disentangle it from its misogynistic focus of conquest and exploitation and its perpetuation and glorification of rape culture, the PUA mode of existence is a dead end. So even its adherents have self-interested reasons to abandon it, and with it, its selfish worldview.
What might replace the PUA mindset? Perhaps an openness to the encounter with the other person as they are, rather than one that tries to reduce women to instruments to be manipulated. For the Blancs and Valizadehs of this world, minimally decent personhood would be a good start.
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The Seducer’s Diary
Patrick StokesDeakin University. Wikipedia Not unusually for the era, it was published under a pseudonym. And when his conquest is complete, he must immediately move on lest boredom catch up with him: Rather he is begging A to choose to see the world in ethical terms at all: Next post February 15, The marriage plebiscite: We need your help to elevate the voices of experts, not the shouters.
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