northanger (northanger) wrote,

The Person as Absolute Particular

Kierkegaard’s notion of den Enkelte is situated in its Hegelian context as "self-equal and immediate." C.S. Peirce’s notion of the person as idiosyncratic idea is contrasted as "other-equal and mediate." An understanding of the person as "other-equal and immediate" is proposed.

That there might be an absolute universal does not immediately discomfort thought. Take for example the Thomistic notion of being itself as the universal agent of creation. Likewise that there should be an absolute individual is not intrinsically a problem for thought. Consider the Hegelian notion of the Absolute Individual that is the Divine Mind. But that there should be an absolute particular would appear to be a contradictio in adjecto. This was certainly Kierkegaard’s notion concerning the spiritual category of den Enkelte, the "single," the "particular" person who, in the extreme, existed on the far side of the universal (a place non-existent for reason) in passionate commitment to the absurd notion that the eternal begins in time ...


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