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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 Humanistic Character of Commanded Love

The Humanistic Character of Commanded Love

(p.140) 6 The Humanistic Character of Commanded Love
Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love

C. Stephen Evans (Contributor Webpage)

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Neighbour-love, grounded by divine authority, provides a basis for genuine human flourishing despite the fact that this love requires self-denial. God does not suggest neighbour-love but commands it, and being a duty makes neighbour-love steadfast, autonomous, and significant. True happiness is not found when we aim directly at our own happiness, but when we discover God’s love for us and respond to God in grateful obedience. Loving God in the right way, we will want to obey his command – the command to love our neighbours as ourselves.

Keywords:   duty, human flourishing, Kierkegaard, neighbour-love, Works of Love

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