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The Ethics of AuthorshipCommunication, Seduction, and Death in Hegel and Kierkegaard$
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Daniel Berthold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233946

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233946.001.0001

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Introduction: Rorschach Tests

Introduction: Rorschach Tests

(p.1) Introduction: Rorschach Tests
The Ethics of Authorship

Daniel Berthold

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the focus of the book, namely the ethics of authorship. It explores different conceptualizations of the author's responsibilities to the reader. It also engages the question of which styles of authorship allow for these responsibilities to be met. Hegel and Kierkegaard were chosen as the subjects for an exploration of the ethics of authorship because they invite us to confront particularly challenging questions about this topic. It is argued that each in his own way explores styles of authorship that employ a variety of strategies of seduction in order to entice the reader into the narratives, strategies that at least on the surface appear to be fundamentally manipulative and unethical. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, G. W. F. Hegel, authorship, ethics

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