Re: [Kierkegaardians] Notes on handling pseudonyms
- I read them about the same way you do, Don. I think his Christian
pseudonyms most closely approach his own opinion, but at the same time
he's seriously ambivalent about reflective thought, and his entire
pseudonymous authorship is the product of reflective thought. In
fact, he calls the entire pseudonymous authorship his "aesthetic
production" in POV, I think.
K said in the appendix to CUP that he relates to the pseudonyms as he
does to external personalities. So on one level it's like reading any
book by any other author -- you can agree a lot, a little, or
completely disagree -- K has complete freedom with regard to his
One thing I recently noticed in that appendix to CUP is that in
Lowrie's translation we see the word "polynymity." The pseudonyms
don't give him anonymity, but polynymity. So it's possible he perhaps
views the pseudonyms as older versions of himself -- he used to be an
aesthetic personality with X opinions, then an ethical personality
with Y opinions, now he's trying to understand all his past selves
from a religious point of view with Z opinions.
There's another thing to consider too -- it's possible to view the
same ideas from different points of view, so that they have somewhat
different meaning and importance to you. So K can agree with his
pseudonyms but view the subject of their agreement differently -- it
may hold a different importance.