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The Danish theologian-philosopher K. E. Løgstrup is second in reputation in his homeland only to Søren Kierkegaard. He is best known outside Europe for his The Ethical Demand, first published in Danish in 1956 and published in an expanded English translation in 1997. Beyond the Ethical Demand contains excerpts, translated into English for the first time, from the numerous books and essays Løgstrup continued to write throughout his life. In the first essay, he engages the critical response to The Ethical Demand, clarifying, elaborating, or defending his original positions. In the next three essays, he extends his contention that human ethics “demands” that we are concerned for the other by introducing the crucial concept of “sovereign expressions of life.” Like Levinas, Løgstrup saw in the phenomenon of “the other” the ground for his ethics. In his later works he developed this concept of “the sovereign expressions of life,” spontaneous phenomena such as trust, mercy, and sincerity that are inherently other-regarding. The last two essays connect his ethics with political life. Interest in Løgstrup in the English-speaking academic community continues to grow, and these important original sources will be essential tools for scholars exploring the further implications of his ethics and phenomenology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxxii
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  1. 1. Rejoinder
  2. pp. 1-48
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  1. 2. The Sovereign Expressions of Life
  2. pp. 49-82
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  1. 3. Sovereign Expressions of Life, the Golden Rule, Character Traits, and Norms
  2. pp. 83-122
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  1. 4. Norms and Expressions of Life
  2. pp. 123-139
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  1. 5. Politics and Ethics
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. 6. Expressions of Life and Ideas
  2. pp. 149-165
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 167-173
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268085735
Related ISBN
9780268034078
MARC Record
OCLC
608167794
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2012-09-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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