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 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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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 ph...

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. 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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`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)