Friday, 27 January 2006
Each week, our resident Nordic sexpert and fabulously saucy strumpet, Mariella Frostrup answers your questions about ....erm, that subject we'd really rather not talk about - you know?? .......birds.....bees...flowers..... and trees and that.......yeeeuuuurrrggghhhhh..... HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!
This week, Fluffy Economist writes:
How do you feel your integrity as a sexpert has withstood an appearance on the panel of In Our Time's Greatest Philosopher and is it better to quote Aristotle or Satre when in the midst of a sweaty bout of felching?
Fluffy, thank you for your question. Aristotle and Sartre have their relative merits, but aren't you forgetting someone? The exceptionally uncheerful disposition Kierkegaard held to the world (not without reason after a broken off engagement and a campaign against him in the Copenhagen press) has sometimes obscured the affirming and sympathetic nature of his ideas.
Opposed to the dominant Hegelianism of his day, which deemed individuals to be of little consequence within the grand dialectic of history, Kierkegaard placed the individual at the centre of his philosophy.
He believed that man exists in isolation relating only to God and that an authentic individual must sometimes stand alone against the crowd. Furthermore, because God is essentially unknowable then religion requires a leap of faith out of the anxiety of utter freedom.
These ideas came to be hugely influential on the existentialism of Sartre, De Beauvoir and Camus but Kierkegaard hated being called an existentialist.
He believed he was on a mission from God to "reintroduce Christianity into Christendom" and his sense of the individual was founded on that individual's relationship with God.
He declared there were three types of existence - the aesthetic, the ethical and the religious. The aesthetic involves a life lived in the moment with limited capacity for reflection on things such as art; the ethical life requires a commitment to ethical ideals; and the religious life involves an understanding of ethical ideals and a sense of one own transience in relation to them.
Kierkegaard believed that dissatisfaction with the aesthetic and ethical lives, provoking guilt and anxiety, would lead people to the religious existence. Still, you wouldn't kick him out of bed, would you??
Next week: Prof. Hawking from Penge writes: "D-E-A-R M-A-R-I-E-L-L-A, I-S T-H-E-R-E D-I-S-A-B-L-E-D A-C-C-E-S-S T-O Y-O-U-R B-O-U-D-O-I-R-? D-O-N-T W-A-S-H, S-T-E-P-H-E-N-X-X-X-X-X-X.....
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