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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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2. Live or Tell

2. Live or Tell

(p.39) 2. Live or Tell
The Ethics of Authorship

Daniel Berthold

Fordham University Press

The contrast between action and thinking entails a fundamental question about the ethics of authorship: How is one to use words, to write, in such a way as to act—and to elicit action from one's reader? This chapter suggests that a readjustment of the alignment of the kaleidoscope lenses that display the image of Kierkegaard' relation to Hegel allows for a more rewarding dialogue between the two. In the altered image, there is as much telling as living in Kierkegaard as in Hegel, and as much a choice for living in Hegel as in Kierkegaard. Perhaps most important, this reorientation invites us to see the either/or construction of “living or telling” as a false dilemma. As Roquentin discovers as Nausea reaches its enigmatic denouement, it is worth committing oneself to the idea that there is a way of writing in which existence becomes meaningful.

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

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