The Ethical Demand

The Ethical Demand

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Knud Ejler Logstrup's The Ethical Demand is the most original influential Danish contribution to moral philosophy in this century. this is the first time that the complete text has been available in English translation. Originally published in 1956, it has again become the subject of widespread interest in Europe, now read in the context of the whole of Logstrup's work. The Ethical Demand marks a break not only with utilitarianism and with Kantianism but also with Kierkegaard's Christian existentialism and with all forms of subjectivism. Yet Logstrup's project is not destructive. Rather, it is a presentation of an alternative understanding of interpersonal life. The ethical demand presupposes that all interaction between human beings involves a basic trust. Its content cannot be derived from any rule. For Logstrup, there is not Christian morality and secular morality. There is only human morality.show more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 28mm | 519.99g
  • University of Notre Dame Press
  • Notre Dame IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0268009341
  • 9780268009342
  • 411,211

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. . . The volume is a useful introduction to the work of a very insightful heart and mind. Indeed, The Ethical Demand is one of those rare books that can inspire readers to moral virtue. . . . English readers are in the considerable debt of Fink, MacIntyre, Hauerwas, and Notre Dame Press for making Logstrup's magisterial work again available in translation. It is an exercise in attention, a schooling of empathy, that deserves to be much more widely read and responded to. Modern Theology" This is highly original and rewarding, if difficult, treatise on moral philosophy. Logstrup, in the same general tradition as Kant whom he criticizes severely, gives a philosophical account of the commandment to love the neighbor as the basis of ethics. Logstrup's version of the moral imperative, or ethical demand, is ontological it is the silent, radical, one-sided, impossible, unarticulated, and anonymous demand that we take care of the life which trust has placed into our hands. . . . A revised and expanded version, with a helpful introduction, of a 1971 edition, this edition includes both the final chapter, a polemic against Kierkegaard s Works of Love, and an article attacking teleology and deontology. The critique of Kierkegaard is particularly incisive. . . . Religious Studies Review" This collection of essays by the late Danish philosopher and theologian Logstrup presents his theory of using phenomenology in understanding our ethical decisions. According to Logstrup, phenomenology not only provides an understanding of human existence but also of ethics, through examination of phenomena of ethical concepts. . . . Logstrup combines detailed writing with an excellent critique of competing ethical theories to explain his own ethical theory, which stresses the moral experience over ethical principles. These essays will be valuable to scholars and students in philosophy and ethics. Library Journal" ." . . The volume is a useful introduction to the work of a very insightful heart and mind. Indeed, "The Ethical Demand" is one of those rare books that can inspire readers to moral virtue. . . . English readers are in the considerable debt of Fink, MacIntyre, Hauerwas, and Notre Dame Press for making Logstrup's magisterial work again available in translation. It is an exercise in attention, a schooling of empathy, that deserves to be much more widely read and responded to." --"Modern Theology" "This is highly original and rewarding, if difficult, treatise on moral philosophy. Logstrup, in the same general tradition as Kant whom he criticizes severely, gives a philosophical account of the commandment to love the neighbor as the basis of ethics. Logstrup's version of the moral imperative, or 'ethical demand, ' is "ontological" it is the silent, radical, one-sided, impossible, unarticulated, and anonymous demand that 'we take care of the life which trust has placed into our hands.' . . . A revised and expanded version, with a helpful introduction, of a 1971 edition, this edition includes both the final chapter, a polemic against Kierkegaard's "Works of Love", and an article attacking teleology and deontology. The critique of Kierkegaard is particularly incisive. . . ." --"Religious Studies Review" "This collection of essays by the late Danish philosopher and theologian Logstrup presents his theory of using phenomenology in understanding our ethical decisions. According to Logstrup, phenomenology not only provides an understanding of human existence but also of ethics, through examination of phenomena of ethical concepts. . . . Logstrup combines detailed writing with an excellent critique of competing ethical theories to explain his own ethical theory, which stresses the moral experience over ethical principles. These essays will be valuable to scholars and students in philosophy and ethics." --"Library Journal "show more

About Knud Ejler Logstrup

Knud Ejler Logstrup (1905-1981) was professor of ethics and philosophy of religion at the University of Aarhus until his retirement in 1975. He is the author of numerous books in Danish. English translations of central texts from other ethical works by Logstrup are available in Beyond the Ethical Demand (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007)."show more

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