Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love

Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love : Divine Commands and Moral Obligations

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C. Stephen Evans explains and defends Kierkegaard's account of moral obligations as rooted in God's commands, the fundamental command being `You shall love your neighbour as yourself'. The work will be of interest not only to those interested in Kierkegaard, but also to those interested in the relation between ethics and religion, especially questions about whether morality can or must have a religious foundation. As well as providing a comprehensive reading of
Kierkegaard as an ethical thinker, Evans puts him into conversation with contemporary moral theorists. Kierkegaard's divine command theory is shown to be an account that safeguards human flourishing, as well as protecting the proper relations between religion and state in a pluralistic
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Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 22mm | 414g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 019920604X
  • 9780199206049
  • 83,352

Table of contents

1. God and Moral Obligation: Is a Link Possible? ; 2. The Ethical as a 'Stage' of Existence: Either/Or and Radical Choice ; 3. 'The Ethical' in Fear and Trembling ; 4. The Ethical Task as the Human Task ; 5. Divine Commands as the Basis for Moral Obligation ; 6. The Humanistic Character of Commanded Love ; 7. Divine Commands: How Given and To Whom? ; 8. Who Is My Neighbour? Can Love Be a Duty? ; 9. Neighbour Love, Natural Loves, and Social Relations ; 10. Contemporary Meta-Ethical Alternatives: Evolutionary Naturalism ; 11. Contemporary Meta-Ethical Alternatives: Humanistic Naturalism ; 12. Contemporary Meta-Ethical Alternatives: Relativism and Nihilism ; 13. Conclusions: Divine Command Morality in a Pluralistic Society
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Evans has in my opinion succeeded in shedding light on Kiergaard's diverse and often opaque comments on ethics and, more importantly, has provided a vigorous, powerful, and to my mind persuasive defence of the divine command theory of moral obligation. * David R Law, The Journal of Theological Studies * Admirable * Daniel Barber, Studies in Christian Ethics * Evans' clarity makes this text accessible to the student, uet also relevant to scholars of Kierkegaard and Anglo-American moral philosophers. These significant benefits make Evans' book well-worth the read. * Clark J. Elliston, Regent's Reviews. *
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About C. Stephen Evans

C. Stephen Evans is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University.
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