“Your Existence is a Delight to Us.”: An Investigation into the Identity of the Neighbour in Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

Kresten Lundsgaard-Leth

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In this paper, I look into the identity of the neighbour in Kierkegaard’s Works of Love, whom I argue has not been identified adequately by previous interpreters. I propose to clarify the identity of the neighbour by contrasting her with the ethical other as presented in four alternative ethical theories. I then set out to reconstruct ethical otherhood in a comparative analysis of Aristotelian virtue ethics, Kantian deontology, Hegelian theory of recognition, and Millian utilitarianism. Ultimately, through a both close and—admittedly—productive reading of Works of Love, I interpret and discuss the fundamental features of Kierkegaard’s neighbour over against these four position.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftKierkegaard Studies Yearbook
Vol/bind26
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)73-103
Antal sider31
ISSN1430-5372
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 11 aug. 2021

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