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Title: Kierkegaard's Demonic Boredom
Contributor(s): McDonald, William (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Kierkegaard diagnoses modem boredom as both a social phenomenon and as an individual malaise. He focuses on a distinctive second-order form of boredom, "demonic boredom," in which the reflective aesthete affects boredom in order to overcome it through irony. Modern boredom is construed as an aesthetic and psychological problem, which consists in a lack of resources to make life "interesting." Its antidotes are taken to be distraction or the subjective injection of "the interesting." Kierkegaard argues that the modern conceptions of boredom and its antidotes are flawed, since they ignore the spiritual dimensions of 'acedia'. Demonic boredom is a mood, rather than an emotion, and fails to seek its only real antidote in the passion of faith, which can be ignited through spiritual exercises, heartfelt concern for others, temporal reorientation of the self towards eternity, and through finding the "fullness of time" in the life of Christ.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Essays on Boredom and Modernity, p. 61-84
Publisher: Rodopi
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, Netherlands
ISBN: 9789042025660
Field of Research (FOR): 170111 Psychology of Religion
220405 Religion and Society
220209 History of Ideas
HERDC Category Description: B2 Chapter in a Book - Other
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Series Name: Critical Studies
Series Number : 31
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