Kierkegaard_Self_Text - Phil 7 Prof Hubert L Dreyfus A That...

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Phil. 7 Prof. Hubert L. Dreyfus 2/26/2008 A. That Despair is the Sickness unto Death* Despair is a sickness of the spirit, of the self, and so can have three forms: being unconscious in the despair of having a self (inauthentic despair), not wanting in despair to be oneself, and wanting in despair to be oneself The human being is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation which relates to itself, or that in the relation which is its relating to itself. The self is not the relation but the relation’s relating to itself. A human being is a synthesis of the infinite and the finite, of the temporal and the eternal, of freedom and necessity. In short a synthesis. A synthesis is a relation between two terms. Looked at in this way a human being is not yet a self. In a relation between two things the relation is the third term in the form of a negative unity, and the two relate to the relation, and in the relation to that relation; this is what it is from the point of view of soul for soul and body to be in relation. If, on the other hand, the relation
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