Monday, February 05, 2007

Edification but not maturation, up-building but not growing-up

A bunch of us are doing a reading group on Kierkegaard/Johannes Climacus' Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments. The other day, this passage came up:
A person in love, for instance, to whom his erotic love is his very inwardness, may well want to communicate himself, but not directly, just because the inwardness of erotic love is the main thing for him.
It was Dawn that brought it up, and read it out, and then all the guys started giggling.

Erotic love! Hee hee hee.

From a bit later on in the Postscript:
Here erotic love manifestly means existence or that by which life is in everything, the life that is a synthesis of the infinite and the finite. According to Plato, Poverty and Plenty begot Eros, whose nature is made up of both. But what is existence? It is that child who is begotten by the infinite and the finite, the eternal and the temporal, and is therefore contiually striving.
Striving... erotically!

Kierkegaard makes existence sexy. Oh. Yeah.

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