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According to Kierkegaard, humans are torn between two incongruent and often contradictory paradigms: the aesthetical and the ethical one (two ideological commands: pleasure or duty). The two paradigm cannot coexist one next to another, both according to the social standards, but also because of the general incongruity of pleasure and duty, two things which contradict each other completely (“If I elect pleasure, I will immediately negate duty, and vice versa”). Not only are the contradictory commands imposed upon people by the ideological demands of the society, but people have to make their choices based on what Kierkegaard called “the leap of faith”, i.e. without a clear knowledge of the consequences of the choices made. Yet, choices are not impossible, and for Kierkegaard, most of what is out there are only some practical decisions about what kind of life one wants to commit oneself to.
|Impossible Movements. Kierkegaard|
Ljubljana, September 26, 2014
|From my talk at Cankarjev Dom,|
Ljubljana, September, 26, 2014
Either/Or introduced the third, religious paradigm. Both choices: the aesthetical (“the life of a poet”) and the ethical (“the life of a judge”), according to Kierkegaard are incomplete, the only resolution of human’s destiny must come about in the form of a religious choice. But, due to the radical antagonism of human situation, the third choice (“the life of a priest”, or broadly: “the life of a believer”), also possesses an imbedded paradox within itself. The paradox consists of the fact that humans are incapable of bypassing the abyss between the finite and the infinite, and the modern life in the mid-19 century only fosters this impossibility. Kierkegaard left a testimony that a strange shift happened to the concept of a belief. A human is already someone who is no longer capable to simply and directly “believe”. If he/she believes it is only with the help of rituals, always with doubt (that is with cynicism, as, for example, in the dilemma: “But, what if Abraham’s choice to kill Issac was not a religious call, but just his own private madness”?), and it is no longer is a belief in God, but only a belief in believing.
Skopje, Ljubljana, Skocjan: September 2014
|Kierkegaard 2014 Ljubljana Conference|
Cankarjev Dom 26 September, 2014
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1. How to Avoid the Totalitarianism of Consumerism: here (in English).
5. V Skocjanu se bodo zbrali filozofi... Ugledna mednarodna imena na idilicnem Krasu. Delo, Ljubljana, October 2, 2014. here (in Slovenian)
8. Kako se izgoniti totalitarizmu potrosnistva, Bojan Zalec and Primoz Repar (AUDIO, 54 min.), RTV4 Slovenia: here (in Slovenian)
9. The Hong Kierkegaard Library Minnesota FB page, here (in English).