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42-84. HimmelstrupgivesparticularemphasistotheHegeliancharacterof Kierkegaard’s ethics. CONCLUDING PREFACE 21 cern the criticism of Hegelianism alreadypresent in theyouthful Kierkegaard. Furthermore,Himmelstrup’sinsistenceonthethoroughness of Kierkegaard’s break with Hegel cannot do justice to the continuinginfluence Hegel’s workexercisedupon Kierkegaard’s thinking. 64 To the contrary, some useful insights can be garnered from works currently available. ” But the critical debate with other interpreters which runs throughout this work also rests upon a conviction gained from prolonged wrestling with these two extraordinary figures: affirmation is inseparable from negation, or to put the same point in other terms, identity is mediated by relation to difference.

7 . Schiller, Aesthetic Education, p. 3 3 . Compare Herder’sremark in V o m Erkennen “Sincetogetherwiththeclasses,ranksand zrnd EmpfindendermenschlichenSeele: professions, the inner faculties have unfortunately become separated . . n o single fragment partakes of the whole any more” (citedin Plant, Hegel, p. 21). ESSN€SS OF THE AGE Inwardly and outwardly torn, individuals seek reintegration of their splintered selves. ”~ ForHegel, struggling to come to termswith his puzzlingtimes,Schiller’sanalysisprovidesunusual insight into the complex dynamics joining sociopolitical and personal fragmentation.

For Hegel, Kierkegaard’slonely sojournerremainsestranged,“astrangeron Abrams, Natural Supernaturalism, p. 47. See above, text corresponding to n. 14. Hegel uses this phrase t o describe t h e Phenomenology. This is a quotation from Plotinus’s commentary on Odysseus’s plea in the IIiud “Let us flee then to the beloved Fatherland,” See Plotinus,The Six Enneads (trans. S. MacKenna and B. S. ) For a very helpful discussion of the considerable influence of Plotinus and Neoplatonism on Hegel see Abrams, Natural Supernaturalism.

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