Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 26 (1):73-103 (2021)

Kresten Lundsgaard-Leth
University of Aarhus
In this paper, I look into the identity of the neighbour in Kierkegaard’s Works of Love, whom I argue has not been identified adequately by previous interpreters. I propose to clarify the identity of the neighbour by contrasting her with the ethical other as presented in four alternative ethical theories. I then set out to reconstruct ethical otherhood in a comparative analysis of Aristotelian virtue ethics, Kantian deontology, Hegelian theory of recognition, and Millian utilitarianism. Ultimately, through a both close and—admittedly—productive reading of Works of Love, I interpret and discuss the fundamental features of Kierkegaard’s neighbour over against these four positions.
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DOI 10.1515/kierke-2021-0005
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