Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical

Paperback | July 1, 1997

byAnthony Rudd

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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 ofpersonal 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 interms 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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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 ofpersonal identity, as discussed by analytical phil...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. DISENGAGEMENT1.1:. The Disengaged View1.2:. The Relevance of Kierkegaard1.3:. Kierkegaard's Thought: An Introductory Outline2. KNOWLEDGE AND EXISTENCE2.1:. Kierkegaard's Critique of Metaphysics2.2:. Knowledge, Scepticism, and the Will2.3:. Scepticism and Language2.4:. `Truth is Subjectivity'3. THE ETHICAL3.1:. Kierkegaard on Aestheticism and the Ethical3.2:. Reconstructing the Ethical Argument4. FROM ETHICS TO RELIGION4.1:. Limitations of the Ethical4.2:. The ReligiousConclusionBibliographyIndex

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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 thefoundations of ethics.'C. Stephan Evans, Calvin College, The Philosophical Review, Vol. 104, No. 4 (Oxtober 1995)