The Exercise of Trust Should not Be Seen as a Moral Enterprise: K. E. Løgstrup’s Ambivalent Relation to Moral Reasoning

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This paper introduces K. E. Løgstrup’s thoughts on trust and ethics. It explores Løgstrup’s emphasis on the uncontrollable character of trust through an engagement with central concepts in Løgstrup’s thought, namely the ethical demand and the sovereign expressions of life. While Løgstrup underlines the primacy of good over evil, he seemingly rejects the belief that we as individuals are in control of the goodness we experience in our relation to others; let alone that we should be commended for it. Unlike Hans Fink’s claim that Løgstrup actually presents a deontological ethics, I claim that Løgstrup offers a critical, yet somewhat ambivalent, stance to moral reasoning.
Translated title of the contributionUdøvelsen af tillid bør ikke ses som et moralsk projekt: K. E. Løgstrups ambivalente forhold til moralsk tænkning
Original languageEnglish
Publication year6 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2016
EventTrust and Risk in Literature: Institutional Trust - Kofu, Japan
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016


ConferenceTrust and Risk in Literature: Institutional Trust

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