Rachel Bull PHI 4360 March 15, 2017 Research Paper Proposal The Role of Virtue Ethics in Kierkegaard’s Christian Ethic The Christian ethic found in the works of Søren Kierkegaard is a combination of Aristotelian virtue ethics and Divine Command Theory. I will show the ways in which Aristotelian virtues align themselves with Christianity, and the ways in which they are against the religion. One key difference that will be discussed is the idea of moral obligation. While Aristotle did develop a concept of moral responsibility, the importance of moral obligation for Christianity is heavily stated in the works of Kierkegaard. In addition, the intrinsic idea of happiness as an end goal in Aristotelian virtue will be contrasted with the self-sacrificing ethic found in Christianity. It will be important to discuss the foundations of morals and virtues for both Kierkegaard and Aristotle in order to understand the development of their ethics. This paper
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