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The Moral GapKantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God's Assistance$
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John E. Hare

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.001.0001

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(p.190) (p.191) 8 Repentance
The Moral Gap


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This chapter examines philosopher Soren Kirkegaard’s thoughts on the Christian doctrine of repentance in relation to the question on moral gap. It analyses the characters of Judge William, the judge’s friend, and the pastor in Kirkegaard’s Either/Or. It shows that Judge William’s use of Christian doctrine is very similar to Immanuel Kant’s translation of this doctrine within the pure religion of reason. This chapter describes the stages of transition that Judge William sees from the aesthetic into the ethical life and explains the transition into the religious life using a retranslation of the judge’s account.

Keywords:   repentance, Soren Kirkegaard, moral gap, Either/Or, Christian doctrine, ethical life, religious life

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