The Ethical Demand

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University of Notre Dame Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 300 pages
Knud Ejler Logstrup s "The Ethical Demand" is the most original influential Danish contribution to moral philosophy in this century. This is the first time that the complete text has been available in English translation. Originally published in 1956, it has again become the subject of widespread interest in Europe, now read in the context of the whole of Logstrup s work.
"The Ethical Demand" marks a break not only with utilitarianism and with Kantianism but also with Kierkegaard s Christian existentialism and with all forms of subjectivism. Yet Logstrup s project is not destructive. Rather, it is a presentation of an alternative understanding of interpersonal life. The ethical demand presupposes that all interaction between human beings involves a basic trust. Its content cannot be derived from any rule. For Logstrup, there is not Christian morality and secular morality. There is only human morality."The Ethical Demand "is of the highest relevance to contemporary debate, especially around those issues raised by Levinas. It will exert a steadily increasing influence both in theology and philosophy.

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Concerning the attempt to give a definition in strictly human
The demand that grows out of the trust which in a basic and all

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Knud Ejler Løgstrup (1905-1981) was professor of ethics and philosophy of religion at the University of Aarhus until his retirement in 1975. He is the author of numerous books in Danish. English translations of central texts from other ethical works by Løgstrup are available in Beyond the Ethical Demand (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007). Hans Fink is professor emeritus of philosophy at Aarhus University. Alasdair MacIntyre is research professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous books, including Whose Justice? Which Rationality? (Notre Dame Press, 1988) and Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition (Notre Dame Press, 1990).

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