‘Duty or Reponsibility’

I have posted a new translation, of a very interesting article from 1938 called ‘Duty or Responsibility’. In the article, Løgstrup argues that responsibility is a more fundamental ethical concept than duty, in part because it is a more relational notion, and thus does not require justification, as in seeing that you are responsible for someone, no further grounding for action is required than this responsibility  – where without this relational aspect, it is then more mysterious why we should have to act on our duties. Løgstrup uses this idea to criticise Kant’s focus on duty, while the article as a whole makes use of a linguistic approach in a methodologically interesting way.

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