Dichotomous Balancing of Self within Kierkegaard’s “Definition of Despair”


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Dichotomous Balancing of Self within Kierkegaard’s "Definition of Despair"
This philosophical study will analyze the dichotomous balancing of Self in relation to God and the physical being in Kierkegaard’s definition of despair. The clash between the finite and the infinite bring forth a conflicting sense of Self under God, as people are often disconnected from their spiritual, higher selves. The problem of physical existence often defines this form of despair, but it is the infinite Self that can help alleviate the suffering of the human condition. In essence, Kierkegaard defines physical despair as the finite way in which Self creates suffering, which can be alleviated by acknowledging God via ‘faith’ as an infinite Self that alleviates...
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.....s’ choices to reject God or spiritual principles. When this occurs, severe pain via suffering is the resulting neglect of developing a faith in a higher power that can stave off the single-mindedness of physical finite existence in the human body. While Kierkegaard can sound like a religious dogmatist, the argument of original sin reveals the reality of the human condition as veering more towards ignorance and materialism in the finite self. Faith provides an important resolution, however, by accepting God as the spiritual self because it allows the person to embrace the immateriality and infinite sense of identity proposed through the spirit.
Works Cited
Kierkegaard, Soren. Sickness Unto Death. Radford, Virginia: Wilder Publications, 2008.