Relationality and difference: Kierkegaard on irony and longing

Jorgen Veisland


Søren Kierkegaard's work The Concept of Irony is an ambivalent and subtle analysis of irony with special reference to Socrates. Kierkegaard demonstrates how irony paradoxically makes its own method into an object of irony, a process culminating in a transgression of dialectics resulting in pure negativity. Moreover, irony is only a tool whereby the philosopher approximates the Absolute through indirect communication and explores the limits of language by contrasting it with music. The ultimate goal of this speculative, rhetorical procedure is to open up the aesthetic dimension to the ethico­religious dimension. This involves an emancipation of subjectivity entailing the subject's serious confrontation with existence as an ethically disposed interest, inter­esse, where the individual is in constant dialogue with her/himself. The dialogue in the individual self is propelled by longing, which may be conceived as an intensified mental force containing an erotic and religious core and manifesting the ever­present, immanent difference between self and other. That difference is emblematic of a psychological, moral and epistemological problematic indicating indeterminacy and relationality, the pivots of individual becoming.
Author Jorgen Veisland (FL / ISS)
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- Institute of Scandinavian Studies
Journal seriesInscriptions, ISSN , e-ISSN 2535-5430, (0 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishSocratic irony, Christian Eros, difference, dialogue, existential becoming
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)5
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ScoreMinisterial score = 5.0, 17-11-2019, ArticleFromJournal
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