What Thinkers Call "the Other"

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In the opening of The Sickness unto Death, Anti-Climacus establishes the essential relation to otherness that characterizes the human self. He also defines two different modes of failing to live in accordance with this relation, which are subsequently described as “feminine” and “masculine” despair. Starting from this somewhat surprising gendering of despair, the article compares Kierkegaard’s understanding of self and other to that of psychoanalysis. It is claimed that psychoanalysis offers a fruitful reinterpretation of the meaning of “the Other,” while Anti-Climacus, on the other hand, gives new inspiration to the analysis of the despair of being a sexed being.

Translated title of the contributionHvad tænkere kalder "det Andet"
Original languageEnglish
JournalKierkegaard Studies Yearbook
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)231-242
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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