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A Reply to Gene Outka

Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (2):217 - 220 (1993)

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  1. What About Isaac?: Rereading Fear and Trembling and Rethinking Kierkegaardian Ethics.J. Aaron Simmons - 2007 - Journal of Religious Ethics 35 (2):319-345.
    In this essay I offer a reading of "Fear and Trembling" that responds to critiques of Kierkegaardian ethics as being, as Brand Blanshard claims, "morally nihilistic," as Emmanuel Levinas contends, ethically violent, and, as Alasdair MacIntyre charges, simply irrational. I argue that by focusing on Isaac's singularity as the very condition for Abraham's "ordeal," the book presents a story about responsible subjectivity. Rather than standing in competition with the relation to God, the relation to other people is, thus, inscribed into (...)
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