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Humanism and Christianity

The ABC Religion & Ethics website has recently posted a translation of Løgstrup’s ‘Humanism and Christianity’ article (1950) by Kees van Kooten Niekerk, Bjørn Rabjerg, and myself, together with an introduction to the article by Bjørn and I. It is an important article with interesting relations to Løgstrup’s later discussions in The Ethical Demand. See here for the link.

Edited collection published

I am pleased to say that the collection I have edited with Hans Fink on Løgstrup is now available to be ordered.

What Is Ethically Demanded?

K. E. Løgstrup’s Philosophy of Moral Life

Edited by Hans Fink and Robert Stern

This collection of essays by leading international philosophers considers central themes in the ethics of Danish philosopher Knud Ejler Løgstrup (1905–1981). Løgstrup was a Lutheran theologian much influenced by phenomenology and by strong currents in Danish culture, to which he himself made important contributions. The essays in What Is Ethically Demanded? K. E. Løgstrup’s Philosophy of Moral Life are divided into four sections. The first section deals predominantly with Løgstrup’s relation to Kant and, through Kant, the system of morality in general. The second section focuses on how Løgstrup stands in connection with Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Levinas. The third section considers issues in the development of Løgstrup’s ethics and how it relates to other aspects of his thought. The final section covers certain central themes in Løgstrup’s position, particularly his claims about trust and the unfulfillability of the ethical demand. The volume includes a previously untranslated early essay by Løgstrup, “The Anthropology of Kant’s Ethics,” which defines some of his basic ethical ideas in opposition to Kant’s. The book will appeal to philosophers and theologians with an interest in ethics and the history of philosophy.

Contributors: K. E. Løgstrup, Svend Andersen, David Bugge, Svein Aage Christoffersen, Stephen Darwall, Peter Dews, Paul Faulkner, Hans Fink, Arne Grøn, Alasdair MacIntyre, Wayne Martin, Kees van Kooten Niekerk, George Pattison, Robert Stern, and Patrick Stokes.

You can find further details here:

I hope that it will be of interest.

‘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.

Løgstrup Archive Newsletters

I have linked to the eight newsletters published by the Løgstrup Archive on the resources page here

The Archive no longer produces the newsletter, and it is no longer available from their website: but it is still a useful resource, containing several articles and reviews in English, so well worth a look.

Thanks to Kees van Kooten Niekerk and Bjørn Rabjerg for making them available to me for this site.