Please join us for the 4th Annual Columbus Invitational Arts Competition, featuring the best local arts organizations competing head-to-head in the Performing Arts Showcase (this Saturday, August 22nd, 7-9pm, Columbus Performing Arts Center 549 Franklin[…]
"Kierkegaard's Narrative" is an existential humanist plot outline named after the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. In general, it runs as follows: An aimless young man drifts through life, obsessed with aesthetics, and seeking sexual fulfillment with a series of women, yet never making substantive choices or real commitments. The climax of the story is the protagonist's decision to commit to a single woman, and to enter into marriage.
The raw source material for this plotline is found in Kierkegaard's books "Either/Or," "Fear and Trembling," and "Repetition," in which he takes on the persona of various first-person narrators, and describes their experiences.
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