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Title: Despair
Contributor(s): McDonald, William (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/14894
Abstract: Despair (Fortvivlelse-noun; fortvivle-verb) The Old Modern Danish (l500-1700) verb 'fortvivle' is a loan word from the Middle Low German 'vortwivelen'. 'Fortvivle' corresponds to the modem German 'verzweijeln'. The Danish lexical meaning is: a condition of deep psychic distress characterized by despondency, hopelessness and grief. It has a secondary meaning of desperation. It is worth noting that the Danish word contains the word for "doubt," namely 'Tvivl', which comes from the Germanic 'twi-fla', meaning double. One meaning of the Danish prefixfor is that the action of the verb to which it is appended is intensified to a ruinous extreme. In this case, 'fortvivle' would be a ruinous doubting, or double-mindedness. The notion of despair, as a potential subject of writing, occurs in Kierkegaard's journals as early as 1835. There it is found in his consideration of Don Juan, Faust, and Ahasverus or the Wandering Jew, whom he sees as incarnations, respectively, of desire, doubt, and despair. In 1839 Kierkegaard considered writing his dissertation on the topic of suicide, whose motive he took ultimately to be despair. In another journal entry devoted to consideration of 'acedia' and 'tristitia' both as illness and sin, Kierkegaard notes in the margin "this is what my father called: a quiet despair."
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Kierkegaards Concepts - Tome II: Classicism to Enthusiasm, p. 159-164
Publisher: Ashgate
Place of Publication: Farnham, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781472428394
Field of Research (FOR): 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
220315 Philosophy of Religion
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/206832965
Series Name: Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
Series Number : 15
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