PHL 366 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Shared Experience, Ostracism, Institute For Operations Research And The Management Sciences
Today"s agenda: kierkegaard"s concepts of ambiguity and envy, his analysis of the mass media and the "public, discussion of his critiques of mass media and our own relationship to the mass media. 12-32: last week, we introduced the flattening of all the distinctions that we have in our characteristics, also being able to discuss ambiguity and envy. Leveling: a flattening of distinctions: kierkegaard distinguishes between the "dialect of antiquity" and the "dialect of the present age" The hierarchy of antiquity has been replaced by a "leveled" society in modern democracies: Instead of the great individual of antiquity, democratic modernity is characterized by equality: ie. one person, one vote: the great distinction between classes has been "leveled". In the antiquity the total number of individuals was there to express, as it were, the value of the outstanding individual. Does the many add up to one great individual: equality is an attractive.