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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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(p.174) Conclusion
Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical

Anthony Rudd

Oxford University Press

The book has now followed Søren Kierkegaard's account of the progress through the stages of life. It has also discussed and endorsed its polemic against objectivism. The book is hoping that it has presented clearly that this does not involve a defence of arbitrariness or of the invention of values by each individual and is believing that Kierkegaard has shown his readers a way out of the sterile conflict between this subjectivism and pseudo-scientific objectivism. The book has also followed the argument for ethics and concluded that there is good reason for making particular commitments and for developing relevant virtues. This book overall has been one of criticism and clarification. Ultimately, however, it is only each individual's felt need for meaning that can determine the choices and commitments that he or she will make.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, stages of life, objectivism, values, subjectivism, pseudo-scientific objectivism, ethics, virtues, choices, commitments

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