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

M. Jamie Ferreira


This commentary on Søren Kierkegaard's Works of Love (1847), a series of 15 deliberations on the love commandment (to love one's neighbor as oneself), argues that Works of Love provides resources for understanding our ethical responsibility for others in ways that respect concrete distinctiveness and equality, partiality and impartiality, as well as the relation between self‐esteem, human needs, and self‐denial. This reading of Kierkegaard's Christian love ethic – an ethic of agape – relates to contemporary discussions of love as infinite debt and radical gift; it presents the ethical relation ... More

Keywords: agape, Christian ethics, community, equality, love commandment, Lutheran, moral vision, neighbor, responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130256
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195130251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Jamie Ferreira, author
University of Virginia
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