Kierkegaard's ethicist: Fichte's role in Kierkegaard's construction of the ethical standpoint

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I argue that Fichte (rather than Kant or Hegel or some amalgam of the two) was the primary historical model for the ethical standpoint described in Kierkegaard's Either/Or II. I then explain how looking at Kierkegaard's texts with Fichte in mind helps in interpreting the criticism of the ethical standpoint in works like The Sickness unto Death and Concluding Unscientific Postscript, as well as the significance of the discussion of secular ethics in Fear and Trembling. I conclude with a brief look at the relevance for contemporary Kantian ethics of Kierkegaard's characterization and his criticism.
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Michelle Kosch (2008). What Abraham Couldn't Say. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1):59-78.
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