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Løgstrup is OUP Philosopher of the month!

I am very pleased to report that Løgstrup has been chosen as their philosopher of the month by Oxford University Press! This is a good sign of the growing interest in his work. See the details here, including links to the various translations and publications being produced by OUP. There is also a blog associated with this page.

Luther – with a little Løgstrup

I have had two articles published in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy relating to my recent research work on Martin Luther – one is on Luther himself, and the other on Luther’s influence on subsequent philosophers, such as Hobbes, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger – and Løgstrup! You can access the articles here:

Løgstrup translations

I am very pleased to announce that Oxford University Press have recently published translations of The Ethical Demand, Kierkegaard’s and Heidegger’s Analysis of Existence and its Relation to Proclamation, and Ethical Concepts and Problems. This is in a series of publications of translations of Løgstrup’s work, being co-edited by myself and Bjørn Rabjerg. You can find further details here.

Løgstrup on Luther, Kierkegaard and Proclamation

There are two new publications that relate to Løgstrup’s view of Luther, Kierkegaard and  proclamation

The first is a translation of Løgstrup’s article ‘The Category and the Office of Proclamation, with Particular Reference to Luther’

And the second is an article discussing this paper, co-written with my colleagues Chris Bennett and Paul Faulkner: ‘Indirect Communication, Authority, and Proclamation as a Normative Power: Løgstrup’s Critique of Kierkegaard’

Both these publications are in the latest issue of the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal: here

Article on Løgstrup, Levinas and Darwall

I am pleased to say that the following article has appeared in print:

‘Levinas, Darwall and Løgstrup on Second-Personal Ethics: Command or Responsibility?’, in Michael L. Morgan (ed),The Oxford Handbook to Levinas (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 303-20

Here is the abstract:

This paper considers the relationship between Levinas’s ethics, and the ‘second-personal’ approach adopted by Stephen Darwall and K. E. Løgstrup. Darwall’s ethics treats the second-personal relation as one of command as an exercise of authority, while K. E. Løgstrup treats the second-personal relation as one of responsibility rather than command. It is argued that Løgstrup raises a fundamental difficulty for any command view, namely that the reason to act on a command is because one has been commanded to do so, where this cannot provide the right reason for a moral action. The paper considers where Levinas should be located in this debate between the two models of second-personal ethics represented by Darwall and Løgstrup. It is suggested that while Levinas’s position reflects elements of both accounts, he is perhaps closer to the command approach, in a way that then makes him vulnerable to Løgstrup’s objections.

Book published

I am pleased to announce that my monograph on Løgstrup has now been published by OUP: The Radical Demand in Løgstrup’s Ethics.

I will also be submitting two new translations to OUP shortly, of The Ethical Demand, and of Løgstrup’s 1950 lectures on Kierkegaard and Heidegger: Kierkegaard’s and Heidegger’s Analysis of Existence and its Relation to Proclamation. These should appear later in the year.

Løgstrup and Luther

Bjørn Rabjerg and I have recently published a paper dealing with Løgstrup and Luther, based on some of my earlier talks:

Freedom from the Self: Luther and Løgstrup on Sin as “Incurvatus in Se”, Open Theology, vol 4, issue 1


The aim of this paper is to compare Martin Luther and K. E. Løgstrup on the theme of sin and grace, and to argue that while Løgstrup wanted to stay close to Luther in many respects, he nonetheless provides a secularized version of Luther’s picture, according to which we are liberated from our sinfulness not by God’s grace, but by our ethical encounter with other people. This then raises the question of whether Løgstrup’s approach can work, and thus whether this secularized alternative can be made stable and coherent. We begin by focusing on central themes concerning Løgstrup’s relation to Luther. We then outline the key features of Luther’s conception of sin and grace that were important to Løgstrup , and then consider how he develops that conception in a secularized manner. Finally, we discuss problems that might be raised for Løgstrup’s position.

It can be downloaded from here