Love's Grateful Striving: A Commentary on Kierkegaard's Works of Love

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Overview

Soren Kierkegaard's Works of Love (1847), a series of deliberations on the commandment to love one's neighbor, has often been condemned by critics. Here, Ferreira seeks to rehabilitate Works of Love as one of Kierkegaard's most important works. He shows that Kierkegaard's deliberations on love are highly relevant to some important themes in contemporary ethics, including impartiality, duty, equality, mutuality, reciprocity, self-love, sympathy, and sacrifice. Ferreira also argues that Works of Love bears on issues peculiar to a religious ethic, such as the role of God as "middle term," and the possibility of preserving the aesthetic dimensions of love in a religious ethic of relation.

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"...a noteworthy contribution to Kierkegaard studies." —The Review of Metaphysics

"Not only will this book transform the ways in which we read Works of Love, it reminds us that Kierkegaard deserves a place among the most important of Christian ethicists."—Philosophical Investigations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195378849
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 3
1 Love's Grateful Striving 13
2 Love's Law - Obligation 29
3 Love's Law - Equality 43
4 Love's Law - Kinship 53
5 Love's Labor - Action 65
6 Love's Labor - Conscience 84
7 Love's Vision 99
8 Love's Debt 117
9 Love's Venture 137
10 Love's Gift 151
11 Love's Forgiveness 169
12 Love's Faithfulness 179
13 Love's Mercifulness 188
14 Love's Delight in Reconciliation 200
15 Love's Asymmetry 209
16 Love's Transparency 228
17 Love's Repetition 240
Conclusion 255
App Tables of Contents of Works of Love 263
Notes 265
Bibliography 301
Index 311
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