Kierkegaard’s Pseudo-dialectic

Kierkegaard’s parodied Hegel’s synthesis.

Kierkegaard did not want to abandon aesthetics altogether in favor of the ethical and the religious.
A key concept in the Hegelian dialectic, which Kierkegaard’s pseudonymous authorship parodies, is Aufhebung (sublation).
In Hegel’s dialectic, when contradictory positions are reconciled in a higher unity (synthesis) they are both annulled and preserved (aufgehoben).
Similarly with Kierkegaard’s pseudo-dialectic: the aesthetic and the ethical are both annulled and preserved in their synthesis in the religious stage.
~ William McDonald.
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