We’ll be digging into the reputed “father of existentialism,” who takes his Christianity very personally and thinks the rest of you are a bunch of sheep, thank you very much.
Did you know that you’re in despair? I bet you didn’t, but Captain Kierk. did, even though you weren’t born, so that’s a neat trick. You’re in despair if you have not developed an authentic self that acknowledges both your infinite and finite aspects and puts itself in subservience to God, so there! Those pagans, they may have done cool things by the standards of aesthetics, but the aesthetic gets replaced with the ethico-religious, and if you’re feeling some deep pit within yourself (or again, even if you aren’t), a full-bodied acknowledgement of this is what’s missing from your life.
OK, even if this sounds like bullpucky to you, looking at Special K. here will be good prep for our upcoming, long-awaited Heidegger and Sartre episodes, so get to it! Besides, Mr. Kooky Kierky is a bona fide extra-wordy literary genius (at least in the original Danish) any way you slice ‘im.
If we have time, we’ll likely also get into his more commonly read work, Fear and Trembling, which is considerably more f’ed up than TSUD what with all the teleological suspension of the ethical and things. Trippy!