10. The Esthetic Validity of Marriage: Romantic Marriage as a Model for Ethical Will: In Defense of Judge Wilhelm

In Markus Kleinert & Hermann Deuser (eds.), Søren Kierkegaard: Entweder – Oder. Berlin: De Gruyter. pp. 169-192 (2017)
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Kierkegaard defended romantic motives for marriage at a time in European culture when marriages were still usually arranged for family convenience, status, and social position. The Judge's underappreciated first letter in Either/Or II views romantic love as a bildungs-process that can lead towards neighbor-love, mediating the sharp contrasts that are stressed in his later signed Works of Love.

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