Alternative Interpretations of Love in Kierkegaard and Royce

Journal of Religious Ethics 10 (2):238 - 263 (1982)
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This essay analyzes two diverse interpretations of Christian love in the writings of Søren Kierkegaard and Josiah Royce. Through the comparison of these two positions, I attempt to show not only the embeddedness of a conception of love in an entire theological vision but its usefulness as a lens for examining that position. I argue that Kierkegaard's interpretation of love tends to foster social inequality, a tendency rooted in his basic ontology. The Roycean view of love, resting upon a radically different ontology, avoids such problematic ethical implications.
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