The Ethical Demand by Knud Ejler LogstrupThe Ethical Demand by Knud Ejler Logstrup

The Ethical Demand

byKnud Ejler Logstrup

Paperback | February 15, 1997

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Knud Ejler Løgstrup’s The Ethical Demand is the most original influential Danish contribution to moral philosophy in this century. This is the first time that the complete text has been available in English translation. Originally published in 1956, it has again become the subject of widespread interest in Europe, now read in the context of the whole of  Løgstrup’s work.
The Ethical Demand marks a break not only with utilitarianism and with Kantianism but also with Kierkegaard’s Christian existentialism and with all forms of subjectivism. Yet Løgstrup’s project is not destructive. Rather, it is a presentation of an alternative understanding of interpersonal life. The ethical demand presupposes that all interaction between human beings involves a basic trust. Its content cannot be derived from any rule. For Løgstrup, there is not Christian morality and secular morality. There is only human morality. The Ethical Demand is of the highest relevance to contemporary debate, especially around those issues raised by Levinas. It will exert a steadily increasing influence both in theology and philosophy.
Knud Ejler Løgstrup was born in Copenhagen in 1905; he studied philosophy and theology in Denmark, France, Germany, and Austria. In 1943, he became Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Aarhus, where he worked until his retirement in 1975. Two of the four volumes of his major work on metaphysics were publi...
Title:The Ethical DemandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 15, 1997Publisher:University of Notre Dame Press

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ISBN - 10:0268009341

ISBN - 13:9780268009342

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“. . . The volume is a useful introduction to the work of a very insightful heart and mind. Indeed, The Ethical Demand is one of those rare books that can inspire readers to moral virtue. . . . English readers are in the considerable debt of Fink, MacIntyre, Hauerwas, and Notre Dame Press for making Løgstrup's magisterial work again available in translation. It is an exercise in attention, a schooling of empathy, that deserves to be much more widely read and responded to.” —Modern Theology