The contrast between action and thinking entails a fundamental question about the ethics of authorship: How is one to use words, to write, in such a way as to act—and to elicit action from one's reader? This chapter suggests that a readjustment of the alignment of the kaleidoscope lenses that display the image of Kierkegaard' relation to Hegel allows for a more rewarding dialogue between the two. In the altered image, there is as much telling as living in Kierkegaard as in Hegel, and as much a choice for living in Hegel as in Kierkegaard. Perhaps most important, this reorientation invites us to see the either/or construction of “living or telling” as a false dilemma. As Roquentin discovers as Nausea reaches its enigmatic denouement, it is worth committing oneself to the idea that there is a way of writing in which existence becomes meaningful.
Keywords: Søren Kierkegaard; G. W. F. Hegel; action; thinking; authorship; ethics
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Subjects: Philosophy of Language
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