PHL 366 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Dialectic, Further Instructions, Concluding Unscientific Postscript To Philosophical Fragments
Henri de toulouse-lautrec (1864 1901) , box in the grand tier, The present age: a literary review: kierkegaard"s critique of a "reflective" age. The present age was written after kierkegaard had decided to abandon his life as a writer, and immediately following the corsair affair. The work is a book review based on denmark(cid:495)s first novel, written by thomasine following it -- a bourgeois, liberal democracy (cid:523)the (cid:883)84(cid:882)(cid:495)s(cid:524) -- both of which gyllembourg had. Gyllembourg"s book deals with the age of the french revolution (1789) and the age lived through. Gyllembourg presents a balanced perspective: both ages have their virtues and faults. Kierkegaard uses the characteristics of the revolutionary age to critique the present. The revolutionary age is characterized by passionate commitment to an ideal. The revolutionary age has many features that kierkegaard admires: decisiveness, resoluteness, willingness to risk oneself for one(cid:495)s beliefs. Note that kierkegaard is not making an ethical judgment about the political cause of revolutionaries.