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In Vino Veritas, from Stages on Life’s Way

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In this essay from Stages on Life's Way, Soren Kierkegaard delves into the concept of truth as it relates to the consumption of alcohol. Using the Latin phrase "In vino veritas" (in wine, there is truth) as a starting point, Kierkegaard explores the idea that alcohol can reveal a person's true self by lowering inhibitions and allowing hidden thoughts and feelings to surface.

Kierkegaard argues that while alcohol may indeed reveal certain truths about a person, it is not the only or most reliable way to uncover one's true self. He cautions against relying too heavily on alcohol as a means of self-discovery, suggesting that true self-knowledge can only come from a deeper examination of one's beliefs, values, and actions.

Overall, Kierkegaard's exploration of truth and alcohol in this essay is thought-provoking and insightful. He raises important questions about authenticity, self-awareness, and the complexity of human nature. Readers interested in philosophy, psychology, and the nature of truth will find much to ponder in this engaging essay.

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In Vino Veritas is one section of Kierkegaard's Stages on Life's Way, originally published in 1845. In a conscious reference to Plato's Symposium, it is determined that each participant must give a speech, and that their topic shall be love. Lee M. Hollander said, "it excels Plato's work in subtlety, richness, and refined humor. To be sure, Kierkegaard has charged his creation with such romantic superabundance of delicate observations and rococo ornament that the whole comes dangerously near being improbable; whereas the older work stands solidly in reality." Some of the speakers in this book are charcters from Kierkegaard's other books. Victor Eremita, Judge William, and Johannes the Seducer were all from Either/Or and Constantin and the Young Person were from Repetition .

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