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Kierkegaard's Ethic of LoveDivine Commands and Moral Obligations$
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C. Stephen Evans

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272174

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199272174.001.0001

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God and Moral Obligation: Is a Link Possible?

God and Moral Obligation: Is a Link Possible?

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(p.1) 1 God and Moral Obligation: Is a Link Possible?
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Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love
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C. Stephen Evans (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199272174.003.0001

Moral obligations are overriding and objective, in a way that other kinds of obligations are not. A divine command theory of moral obligations claims that all truly moral obligations owe their status as moral duties to the fact that God commands them. God’s commands, however, are not arbitrary; instead, God’s command is a call to human flourishing and happiness. Kierkegaard answers the question posed in the Euthyphro by importing a Kantian dimension to an Aristotelian framework; he can do so only because he sees the self as spiritually and morally qualified. The two chief passions that are crucial to the formation of the self that God intends one to be are faith and love.

Keywords:   Aristotle, divine commands, faith, God, human flourishing, Kant, Kierkegaard, love, moral obligations, Plato

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