Introduction: Rorschach Tests

Daniel Berthold

in The Ethics of Authorship

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233946
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240432 | DOI:
Introduction: Rorschach Tests

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This introductory chapter first sets out the focus of the book, namely the ethics of authorship. It explores different conceptualizations of the author's responsibilities to the reader. It also engages the question of which styles of authorship allow for these responsibilities to be met. Hegel and Kierkegaard were chosen as the subjects for an exploration of the ethics of authorship because they invite us to confront particularly challenging questions about this topic. It is argued that each in his own way explores styles of authorship that employ a variety of strategies of seduction in order to entice the reader into the narratives, strategies that at least on the surface appear to be fundamentally manipulative and unethical. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Søren Kierkegaard; G. W. F. Hegel; authorship; ethics

Chapter.  4727 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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