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

C. Stephen Evans


Kierkegaard presents a form of divine command theory of moral obligation similar to accounts developed by Robert Adams and Philip Quinn. The account understands the relation humans have with a loving God as making possible the greatest human good, and as creating those unique obligations we designate as moral. God’s commands should be obeyed, not because of fear of divine punishment, but out of love and gratitude for the good that God has bestowed on humanity. Though God can and does address specific individuals, the fundamental divine command is the injunction – common to Judaism and Christia ... More

Keywords: divine command, ethics, human flourishing, humanity, Kierkegaard, naturalism, neighbour-love, meta-ethics, Philip Quinn, relativism, secularism, Robert Adams, social contract, Works of Love

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272174
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199272174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Stephen Evans, author
Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University
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