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Love's Grateful Striving : A Commentary on Kierkegaard's Works of Love

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Soren Kierkegaard's Works of Love (1847), a series of deliberations on the commandment to love one's neighbour, has often been condemned by critics. This book seeks to rehabilitate Works of Love as one of Kierkegaard's most important works. Jamie Ferreira shows that Kierkegaard's deliberations on love are highly relevant to some important themes in contemporary ethics including: impartiality, duty, partiality, equality, mutuality, reciprocity, self-love, sympathy, and sacrifice. Works of Love also has implications for postmodern concerns about the normative relation between Self and Other - questions of "gift" and responsiveness, "infinite demand" and responsibility. In addition, Ferreira argues, Works of Love also bears on such issues as the role of God as "middle term," and the possibility of preserving the aesthetic dimensions of love in a religious ethic of relation.show more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 18.8mm | 489.89g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195130251
  • 9780195130256
  • 2,022,901

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Ferreira succeeds in achieving a more balanced and coherent interpretation of the text than previous critics ... a very fine piece of scholarship that should do much to inspire a renewed, better informed interest in Kierkegaard's Works of Love. * International Journal for Philosophy of Religion * Ferreira proceeds to offer detailed commentary on the fifteen deliberations that comprise Works of Love itself. This in itself is a significant service to the world of Kierkegaard scholarship for it offers what has not been done before ... thorough and extensive commentary on the text. * Journal of Theological Studies * [Ferreira's] work will certainly be a standard reference for all future readers of Kierkegaard's text itself, and those who study it carefully will be in debt to her for a fair and insightful appreciation of the serious proposals that Kierkegaard offers not only within the field of ethics, but to the wider consideration of what it is to exist responsibly before God. * Journal of Theological Studies *show more

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