Love for humans: Morality as the heart of Kierkegaard’s religious philosophy

Sharon Krishek*

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Being primarily a religious philosopher, Kierkegaard is often taken to promote the relationship of the ‘single individual’ with God, at the expense of the individual’s relationship with the human other. By considering three of Kierkegaard’s cardinal essays—Fear and Trembling, Works of Love, and The Sickness unto Death—as complementing each other, in this chapter I wish to argue to the contrary, and delineate the way that for Kierkegaard being religious in fact depends on loving humans.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Kierkegaardian Mind
EditorsPatrick Stokes
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780429583926
ISBN (Print)9781138092716
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Philosophical Minds

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 selection and editorial matter, Adam Buben, Eleanor Helms, and Patrick Stokes; individual chapters, the contributors.


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