Lesson 1 (from Book 1, Either/Or : Chapter 1, Preface & A Fragment of Life)
Book 1, Either/Or : Chapter 1, Preface & A Fragment of Life
Kierkegaard's work in this book takes the form of a letter to a young man. This lesson will explore the impact of this stylistic and structural choice on EITHER/OR.
1) In-Class Discussion: Discuss the following with the class: How does Kierkegaard's decision to write this book in the form of a letter impact the way you read and understand the letter's content? Does this choice help you understand the author's intentions? Why or why not? How would you read the book differently if it were in some other form?
2) THE EPISTOLARY FORM: Discuss the history of the epistolary form in literature and philosophy with the class.
3) In-Class Writing: Have the students write a one-page essay either defending Kierkegaard's choice to write this book as a long letter or proposing another format you think would be more...
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