Diakrisis 3: 19-37 (2020)

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Chandler D. Rogers
Boston College
Abstract
Antithetical desires displayed throughout Kierkegaard’s authorship indicate the disjunctive assumption that the individual exists either in a state of increasing autonomy, expressed negatively as striving for freedom from divine constraint, or in a state of self-annihilating submission, expressed positively in terms of kenotic unification. Proximity to the divine thereby entails forfeiture of individuality, contrary to the explicit aim of Kierkegaard’s authorial project, and aversion to materiality. This essay enunciates the conflict (I), traces the crescendo of loss that births the pseudonymous authorship and ends in realized longing for death (II), and approaches a more holistic vision of psycho-spiritual development (III).
Keywords Desire  Death  Psychoanalysis  Søren Kierkegaard  Julia Kristeva  Sigmund Freud  St. Augustine  St. Paul
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