[SydPhil] Notification: Robert Stern @ Wed 31 Aug 2016 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)
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Title: Robert Stern
A Gift or Given? The Role of Life in Løgstrup's Ethics
This paper looks at the ethics of the Danish philosopher and theologian K.
E. Løgstrup (1905-1981). It explores what may seem to be a tension in
Løgstrup's thinking, which is that on the one hand Løgstrup says he wants
to develop an ethics 'in a purely human manner', while on the other his
fundamental claim that 'life is a gift' may strongly suggest a theological
interpretation, namely that ethics only makes sense if one thinks life has
been given to us by God. This paper sets out to resolve this tension, by
examining what notion of 'gift' is required by Løgstrup's account of the
ethical demand. It is argued that this position does not require us to
think that life is created, but only that is is 'given' as something we do
not create for ourselves. In this way, it is argued, Løgstrup can maintain
his ethics in a stable secular form.
When: Wed 31 Aug 2016 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Sydney Uni, Muniment Room
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