Empty Days

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Kierkegaard useless


I think I do not like Kierkegaard.

I've tried hard to get into his range of thought-feeling but apparently there is some chip inside my head that is maladapted to this particular philosopher.

There are things in his writings which I respond to, find interesting or even profound. But on the whole it has been a fiasco - no charm for me here. Another reason might be mere non-understanding. He does fall into rather abstruse reasonings sometimes, vide Concept of Dread etc.

It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that SK is something of a fad nowadays. I keep discovering signs of Kierkegaard-worship everywhere. But fads are not just random mass-movements of thought, fads have a deep meaning. They strip their object of all niceties and duplicities, to the bone, so to speak. The amount of misinterpretations that goes with it is of course staggering but those are just side-effects.

What this Kierkegaard-fad tells about Kierkegaard is worth some pondering. Personally, I think it tells loud and clear that Kierkegaard is the man for our times - an empty man. Gutted clean of all except his vapid mind. Clamoring for faith, life, all those things that are not to be found on bookshelves. I can't find any spark in this - it is all too familiar.





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