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Interesting discussion. Thanks to transitionsynthesis for the thoughts on interpreting Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard said in Purity of Heart: "To will one thing is to will the great good" This is obviously out of context with the spirit of his quote, but what if the Bricklayer's desire or will to be an Emperor was in fact his greatest possible good? What if he ...


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This is a little tricky, philosophically speaking. Kierkegaard would be inclined to say that almost no one is their 'true self'. For instance, if we have a bricklayer who wants to be an emperor, then that desire to be an emperor — which I'll note derives from a value imposed externally — risks denying the fact that he actually is a bricklayer. But by that ...


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Interpreting Kierkegaard is made problematic by Kierkegaard's strategic use of a pseudonyms as a rhetorical strategy. The book under consideration here, The Sickness Unto Death, was written by Anti-Climacus. Unsurprisingly, Anti-Climacus can be contrasted with Johannes Climacus. Johannes Climacus's main work is Philosophical Fragments. So if we're reading ...


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