Chapter 2. Either – Or and the First Upbuilding Discourses

  1. M. Jamie Ferreira

Published Online: 12 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304657.ch2



How to Cite

Ferreira, M. J. (2008) Either – Or and the First Upbuilding Discourses, in Kierkegaard, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304657.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 OCT 2008

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Great Minds

Book Series Editors:

  1. Steven Nadler

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405142779

Online ISBN: 9781444304657



  • Either – Or - A Fragment of Life - Danish literary scene;
  • “the accuracy of the familiar philosophical thesis that the outer is the inner and the inner is the outer”;
  • either – or and first upbuilding discourses;
  • William proposes “harmonious unison of different spheres”;
  • “the balance between the esthetic and ethical in development of personality”;
  • new accents - choice, paradox, imagination, and transparency;
  • harmony yet qualitative difference;
  • Kierkegaard disorients readers by presenting certain tensions;
  • two upbuilding discourses (1843)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Either – Or

  • Two Upbuilding Discourses (1843)

  • further reading