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Topics: Ethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of life Pages: 6 (1843 words) Published: April 16, 2014

The writer Soren Kierkegaard’s presents us with “Either/ or” an intense argument between two very different ways of life, the aesthetic and the ethical. Part Two presents us with an ethical Judge William tries to persuade the writer of the first part A to surrender his empty aesthetic life in substitute it for a more meaningful life, the life of ethicist. The clear difference between living an aesthete and the ethicist life, according to the judge is the ability the one posse to make a choice. According to Kierkegaard the ability to choose is “decisive for a personality’s and when it does not choose it wastes consumptively away” (Kierkegaard 62). Kierkegaard continues by saying that it’s not about choosing between good and evil but rather it’s the choice of recognizing either good or evil or none (Kierkegaard 66). The ability to choose and recognize this type choice is what makes the ethical life better and more meaningful than the aesthetic life. This piece will show how the ethical life is lacking in different ways and how Judge William opportunity to change aesthetic A to live a more ethical life is ineffective. In addition to this I will show why it is not Judge William’s responsibility to change aesthetic A to an ethical life. For example the ethicist and the aesthete can only understand and communicate each other based on their own point of view and therefore communicating between both worlds is impossible. In Either/ Or B, Judge William is the representation of what is mean to live ethically. As a judge, his purpose in life is to choose right and wrong or what is ethical and not. His life spins around the idea that one can live in an ethical manner. The ethical life that Judge William lives is the life that he would like to see the young esthetic to live. Jude Williams shows that in an ethical stage of life, the entity becomes mindful of him and accepting to fulfilling his duty of becoming a whole man. What distinguishes the ethicist life from the aesthete is the entity ability to make a choice. Throughout the text the aesthetic shows the fear of becoming stuck in a loop of boredom and repetition and therefore distances him from making a solid choice. The ethical driven Judge shows us the hypothetical process of how the aesthete cannot decide on what job they should opt for. He shows how the aesthetic has the ability to be a minister, lawyer, hairdresser or a bank teller though the aesthete believes that he has much to choose from but the reality is that he has chosen nothing at all. He quotes on this by saying “So your life goes on. After a year and a half wasted on these deliberations…you have come not one step further” (Kierkegaard 64). The Judge on the other hand, takes every option of choice with a serious manner. According to the moment of choice is very important to him as he says the following “there is a danger afoot that at the next moment it may not be in my power to make the same choice, that something has already been lived that must be lived over again”(Kierkegaard 82). In my eyes the choice that the Judge gives to the aesthete is not the choice of good or evil, but instead he gives the choice of picking good and evil and it is up to the aesthete to choose the most ethical choice. The judge wants the aesthetic to stop thinking and to make a solid choice. The only option that he has is the choice to be ethical which the judged it means having the ability to choose the true from false. In addition according to him it is not simply choosing the ethical way of life but also the ability make any choice in general, like the ability to have a job, or the ability to choose a woman, or the ability to get married. Judge Williams does not want the aesthetic to choose either good or wicked but rather he wants the aesthetic to make a choice that has features of the ethical way of life. Therefore by constantly changing an entity actions and decisions is not the genuine way of living. Since we have explored the...


Cited: Kierkegaard- Either/Or B, Esthetic Validity and the Balance
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