Conference on The Ethics of Søren Kierkegaard and K.E. Løgstrup

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The paper explores Løgstrup’s ontological ethics, understood as an ethics rooted in interdependence. Interdependence does, however, have two very different aspects, which I call negative and positive respectively, each of them in turn leading to different aspects of ontological ethics. The main focus of this paper is to explore the positive aspect of interdependence. This is done for two connected reasons. Firstly, the positive aspect of interdependence seems to be largely overlooked, because the work done on interdependence has tended to focus on the negative aspect: that we are exposed to the other person, that the other person holds a potentially negative or threatening power over us. Secondly, the positive aspect of interdependence actually provides the origin and foundation of Løgstrup’s so-called sovereign expressions of life. Not taking this into account has led to a slightly strange metaphysics due to the danger of reifying trust, mercy, the openness of speech etc. The overall aim is to provide a coherent exposition of Løgstrup’s ethics, an exposition that will take shape of a descriptive diagnosis of human social life and interaction rather than the basis of a normative ethics we may act upon. However, Løgstrup’s diagnosis could serve as a starting point for developing a more action oriented ethical theory.
2 nov. 20153 nov. 2015

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KonferenceConference on The Ethics of Søren Kierkegaard and K.E. Løgstrup
AfholdelsesstedUniversity of Tromsø
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ByTromsø
Periode02/11/201503/11/2015

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