Soren Kierkegaard: Dialectic/Indirect Method
His writings were of four kinds. They mostly reflect the growing level of power with which he addressed the concerns of his life's work during the fifteen years, 1840-55, that witnessed his …show more content…
Life is not an inevitable historical process of betterment, he declared in the text, but is rather defined by the individual's leap of decision, for every human being is faced with an unavoidable Either/Or of deciding for a life defined either by the aesthetic and the ethical or by Christianity.
The aesthetic is marked by flight from commitment, by relativism and hedonism; the ethical bows before the universals of humanity, morality, and religion. In that each tears apart the claim for and the reality of an actual life and thereby falsities of human existence, Kierkegaard argued, both end in despair. Only the decision for Christianity- the ''leap'' into confession of sin, profession of faith, and following after love-holds together the claims for our lives and the actual reality of those lived lives themselves and thus leads to authentic