What is the ethical in fear and trembling?

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 18 (3):337 – 343 (1975)
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James Bogen misinterprets what Kierkegaard (or more accurately, Johannes de Silentio) meant by the ethical in Fear and Trembling (see Inquiry, 5 [1962], pp. 305?17). Kierkegaard did not intend to depict morality as a system of duties where moral duties derive from the particular position(s) one holds in society. Kierkegaard thought that moral duties were based on universal principles that were divine commands. Although Kierkegaard thought that it was necessary for an action to be moral that it be done in accord with such universal principles, he did not think that this was sufficient. In order to be a moral action, the action must be done not only in accord with certain universal principles but in a certain way. Kierkegaard notes the appropriate way by saying the agent must reveal himself in his action. Thus revelation by the agent and acting in accordance with certain principles are jointly sufficient and singly necessary conditions for an action to be moral

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Kierkegaard and the 'teleological suspension of the ethical'.James Bogen - 1962 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 5 (1-4):305-317.
Logical Analysis and Contemporary Theism.John Donnelly - 1973 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 34 (3):445-446.

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