|Kierkegaard - The Subjective Experience of Self|
16 September The Subjective Experience of Self - Kierkegaard - Maria Contempree
Maria looks at Kierkegaard's solution to the malaise in society.
What can help society out of its malaise – a question addressed by philosophy!!
In dealing with such a question Kierkegaard’s solution was a religious one.
The ultimate humbling experience is to realize that we were created- that we have no ownership of our deep self, no control and no origin that we can organize, manipulate or put in order
The ultimate elevating experience is to realize that we were created out of a love similarly
If we apprehend that Being as God- noting that according to an interpretation of Kierkegaard- "God is indirectly experienced in the experience of the absolute dependency of our own existence."
This talk is intended to introduce the concept of the formation of that Individual, that is the Individual of Kierkegaard’s definition –
and to set that in opposition to the modern concept of ‘the individual’
Kierkegaard’s concept of ‘the individual’ is not to be confused with the high priority that individuality or being an individual has in our way of living-
Not the individuality of Assertiveness, Personality, Fame or Status and including making of an individual through psychological therapy -
Indeed, the way in which society can be helped out of its malaise for Kierkegaard centers on the supremacy his religious meaning
The experience of becoming an individual Self, as explained by Kierkegaard, provides a model that is Individual, Christian, and social.
He weakens the traditional authority of objective truth,
and provides a way in which his individual can live socially in the human condition.
The question being asked of individuals by Kierkegaard is about the way the individual self is constituted and the result that this has for relationship and community.
Kierkegaard’s stance innately criticizes individuals and the way in which relationships are constructed and lived out in society.
He demonstrates, in his pseudonymous fiction, the negative result of anything less than a religious answer to the question of the way in which the individual lives socially.
Literature is a metaphor a way of seeing things- and it is, essentially, social comment. Kierkegaard wrote his books for “that individual whom I call my reader- bringing the reader as an action researcher together with the character and by way of active reflection creating a participation in the actions of the character.
The negative result of living at the aesthetic level is repetition and boredom responding to the unarticulated magic of the masses to lose oneself
According to the person in Religious stage, the self is made up of an infinite aspect and this infinite within us is the agent which makes the relationship between God and man possible.
The experience of the subjective self is the reconciliation of paradox It is in the faith experience of a subjective self that the individual is born.
Such a solitary journey will yield the individual the authority of the Self. The fullness of revelation that Selfhood brings, brings also the requirement for action. ‘Me giving myself to you’ [not unlike Buber’s “I/Thou” experience] is the model for Kierkegaard’s idea that genuine community emerges only when the egoism of individuals has been transformed into unselfish benevolence.