The main characteristic of the unscientific method is that it is subjective and doesn’t support
quantifications or estimates of probabilities. It is used to construct an image that is so
delicate and intricate that it can’t be grasped without being broken. It is referred to by
Kierkegaard as the oppositional presentation. He also refers to it as irony. It is as if the entity
being described can only be viewed in a mirror. Moreover, the mirror has many facets,
generating a reflection which will not be recognised immediately. In essence, it is a Socratic
method, relying on an absent person, whom Kierkegaard refers to as his imaginary reader.
This person asks the writer questions as they go along, which are not answered as such, but
responded to with further twists of the material. The questions cannot be answered because
no probabilities can be assigned to any part of the construction without destroying it, that is,
making it objective. It is used to communicate facts about love and spirituality which are
otherwise inaccessible.