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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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Conclusion: The Melancholy of Having Finished

Conclusion: The Melancholy of Having Finished

(p.180) Conclusion: The Melancholy of Having Finished
The Ethics of Authorship

Daniel Berthold

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. At the end of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, he expresses his melancholy at having finished. This beautiful, haunting closing to Nietzsche's text is a dirge to the tragic nature of language and authorship. Nietzsche's dirge is Kierkegaard's as well. Kierkegaard's authorship, like Nietzsche's, is an annulment of his true self, which is fully alive only in the pathos of the inwardness that precedes speech. Hegel could never have written such a dirge, which contradicts his entire philosophy of language and style and ethics of authorship.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, G. W. F. Hegel, authorship, dirge, language

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