Prefaces. An Extract of the preface

This book, published under the pseudonym Nicolaus Notabene, consists of a preface, a postscript and eight short chapters, each of which is like a preface of its own. Nicolaus Notabene claims that the most important task of a philosopher is not to present a complete system of thought, but to challenge readers to think on their own. The “prefaces” of Prefaces do not precede any particular works, but stand as their own small pieces of writing and function as invitations to or experiments in thought. The style is satiric, the author makes fun of Hegelian philosophy as well as contemporary Danish cultural life. The translated chapter is an extract from the book’s preface, where the concept of “preface” is defined, and the first chapter, where the author reflects on the preconditions and possible consequences of publishing a book.

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