Søren Kierkegaard, Enten-Eller: et-livs fragment [Either/Or: A Fragment of Life]

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In the posthumously published

Synspunktet for min Forfatter-Virksomhed


The Point of View for My Work as an Author

] the Danish philosopher, theologian, and litterateur Søren Kierkegaard declared that his authorship began with the 1843 novel

Enten – Eller



] (29)—despite the fact that it was preceded by a number of articles, a monographic literary review, and a published dissertation. Later in

The Point of View

, Kierkegaard writes, “[I]f you can very accurately find the place where the other person is and begin there, then you can perhaps have the good fortune of leading him to the place where you are” (46); that is to say, an avowedly “religious author” such as Kierkegaard “properly starts out with being an aesthetic author” (47). Whether Kierkegaard was in fact…

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Citation: Smith, Troy Wellington. "Enten-Eller: et-livs fragment". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5344, accessed 17 April 2024.]

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