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‘The Ethical’ in <i>Fear and Trembling</i>

C. Stephen Evans

in Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199272174
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602061 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199272174.003.0003
‘The Ethical’ in Fear and Trembling

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Fear and Trembling is not the place to look for an account of Kierkegaard’s ethical views, because it is not a book about ethics but faith, written by someone who neither has faith nor an understanding of it. Kierkegaard does not use Fear and Trembling to represent how the ethical life appears from within the life of faith, as some have believed. Instead, Kierkegaard uses the work to call into question the identification of faith with ethics, especially when the ‘ethical’ is understood in a Hegelian way.

Keywords: ethical; faith; fear and trembling; Hegel; infinite resignation; Kierkegaard; teleological suspension of the ethical

Chapter.  9374 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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