Evil Understood as the Absence of Freedom: Outlines of a Lutheran Anthropology and Ontology

Bjørn Rabjerg

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Abstract

Self-development is closely related to the idea of formation (or what is referred to as Bildung in German). But when speaking of formation, we have to address the question, ‘what are we formed by?’ Is the human being formed by him- or herself, or by resources originating from outside the self? From where do the resources needed for this formation (or re-formation) originate? Seen from Løgstrup’s perspective, it is absolutely crucial to keep this in mind, because according to him, proper formation must be understood as formation caused by outside influence – never as formation caused by the self.
Translated title of the contributionOndskab forstået som mangle på frihed: Grundrids til en luthersk ontologi og antropologi
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhat is Human? : Theological Encounters with Anthropology
EditorsEve-Marie Becker, Jan Dietrich, Bo Kristian Holm
Number of pages17
Place of publicationGöttingen
PublisherVandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Publication date1 Feb 2017
Pages195-211
ISBN (Print)978-3-525-53119-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Luther
  • Løgstrup
  • Ethics
  • Anthropology
  • Ontology
  • Knausgård
  • Self-development

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