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Anxious Responsibility and Responsible Anxiety: Kierkegaard and Levinas on Ethics and Religion

Bettina Bergo

in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222063
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235605 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222063.003.0005

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Anxious Responsibility and Responsible               Anxiety: Kierkegaard and Levinas on Ethics and Religion

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This chapter examines the thoughts of philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Soren Kirkegaard on ethics and religion, particularly with regard to responsible anxiety and anxious responsibility. It points out that the movement between religion and ethics in Both Kirkegaard and Levinas enables people to rethink ethics as a summons and a call, before it is considered as a prescription or a calculus. The axiom underlying this summons may be absolute alterity and its source may be undecidable.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; Soren Kirkegaard; religion; ethics; responsible anxiety; anxious responsibility; summons

Chapter.  10677 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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