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Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical$
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Anthony Rudd

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198752189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752189.001.0001

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From Ethics to Religion

From Ethics to Religion

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Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical

Anthony Rudd

Oxford University Press

Reconstructing Søren Kierkegaard's argument for the ethical showed that there is good reason for making serious commitments to certain ground projects, which involves accepting the conventional, intersubjective standards of assessment that go with such projects. This chapter argues for the necessity of cultivating certain virtues which are generally valuable for the carrying out of whatever projects one has adopted. It also claims that there is reason to believe that there can be some consensus as to which projects are good and worth pursuing, though the amount of agreement likely to emerge here should not be overestimated. What this chapter has not yet provided is any justification for universal benevolence or judgement and this is not assumed to be possible.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, intersubjective standards, virtues, consensus, universal benevolence, judgement, ethics, commitments

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