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Kierkegaard's Ethic of LoveDivine Commands and Moral Obligations$
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C. Stephen Evans

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272174

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199272174.001.0001

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‘The Ethical’ in Fear and Trembling

‘The Ethical’ in Fear and Trembling

(p.61) 3 ‘The Ethical’ in Fear and Trembling
Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love

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Fear and Trembling is not the place to look for an account of Kierkegaard’s ethical views, because it is not a book about ethics but faith, written by someone who neither has faith nor an understanding of it. Kierkegaard does not use Fear and Trembling to represent how the ethical life appears from within the life of faith, as some have believed. Instead, Kierkegaard uses the work to call into question the identification of faith with ethics, especially when the ‘ethical’ is understood in a Hegelian way.

Keywords:   ethical, faith, fear and trembling, Hegel, infinite resignation, Kierkegaard, teleological suspension of the ethical

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