mod15-39KierkegaardWorksofLove

mod15-39KierkegaardWorksofLove - Module XV Session 39...

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Module XV Module XV Session 39 Session 39 Kierkegaard, Works of Love Kierkegaard, Works of Love Read the blackboard essay Read the blackboard essay
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HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS An Ethic Of Love An Ethic Of Love An ethic of love centers on works or deeds. Ethical conduct must be realized in action. To say that Kierkegaard’s approach to ethics is deed-oriented means that ethical acts are virtuous. Nevertheless, virtuous or ethical action is grounded neither in formulated principles nor in habit. There is no principled formula for realizing compassion in the moment. The shape that compassion takes must fit the unpredictable constellation of forces peculiar to a given circumstance and it must accommodate the singular need of the individual. Nor can habitual momentum sustain virtuous action from one moment to the next. The drama of human freedom is such that realizing compassion in one moment never guarantees, by force of habit, that I will win through to a compassionate act in the next field of action. Our discussion centers on Kierkegaard’s understanding of
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