Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical

by Anthony Rudd

Oxford University Press | July 1, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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Anthony Rudd introduces, explains, and discusses of some of Kierkegaard''s central ideas, showing their relevance to current debates in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion. Rudd uses these ideas to illuminate questions about the foundations of morality and the nature of personal identity, as discussed by analytical philosophers such as MacIntyre, Parfit, Williams, and Foot. Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical offers a way forward from the sterile conflict between the view that morality and religion are based on objective reasoning and the view that they are merely expressions of subjective emotions. Rudd argues that morality and religion must be understood in terms of the individual''s search for a sense of meaning in his world, but emphasizes that this does not imply that values are arbitrary or merely subjective.

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Dimensions: 198 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 in

Published: July 1, 1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10: 0198752180

ISBN - 13: 9780198752189

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Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical

by Anthony Rudd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 198 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 in

Published: July 1, 1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198752180

ISBN - 13: 9780198752189

About the Book

This book is a discussion of some of Kierkegaard's central ideas, showing their relevance to contemporary debates in epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. Anthony Rudd's aim is not simply to expound Kierkegaard's ideas but to draw on them creatively in order to illuminate questions about the foundations of morality and the nature of personal identity, as discussed by analytical philosophers such as MacIntyre, Parfit, Williams, and Foot. Rudd seeks a way forward from the sterile conflict between the view that morality and religion are based on objective reasoning and the view that they are merely expressions of subjective emotions. He argues that morality and religion must be understood in terms of the individual's search for a sense of meaning in his or her own life, but emphasizes that this does not imply that values are arbitrary or merely subjective.

Table of Contents

1. DISENGAGEMENT 1.1:. The Disengaged View 1.2:. The Relevance of Kierkegaard 1.3:. Kierkegaard''s Thought: An Introductory Outline 2. KNOWLEDGE AND EXISTENCE 2.1:. Kierkegaard''s Critique of Metaphysics 2.2:. Knowledge, Scepticism, and the Will 2.3:. Scepticism and Language 2.4:. `Truth is Subjectivity'' 3. THE ETHICAL 3.1:. Kierkegaard on Aestheticism and the Ethical 3.2:. Reconstructing the Ethical Argument 4. FROM ETHICS TO RELIGION 4.1:. Limitations of the Ethical 4.2:. The Religious Conclusion Bibliography Index

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Anthony Rudd introduces, explains, and discusses of some of Kierkegaard''s central ideas, showing their relevance to current debates in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion. Rudd uses these ideas to illuminate questions about the foundations of morality and the nature of personal identity, as discussed by analytical philosophers such as MacIntyre, Parfit, Williams, and Foot. Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical offers a way forward from the sterile conflict between the view that morality and religion are based on objective reasoning and the view that they are merely expressions of subjective emotions. Rudd argues that morality and religion must be understood in terms of the individual''s search for a sense of meaning in his world, but emphasizes that this does not imply that values are arbitrary or merely subjective.

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`The book is written in a clear, vigorous style and is accessible even to undergraduates. Since Rudd covers a lot of territory, he necessarily paints with broad strokes. It is a book that has great interest for readers of Kierkegaard, but even more significance for those interested in the foundations of ethics.'' C. Stephan Evans, Calvin College, The Philosophical Review, Vol. 104, No. 4 (Oxtober 1995)
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