Kierkegaardian Ethics and Supererogation
Haverford College. Department of Philosophy
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This paper argues that Kierkegaard can make a positive contribution to contemporary debates concerning the possibility of supererogation within a virtue ethics conception of ethics. It uses Kierkegaard’s theories on the spheres of existence, and the concept of what he refers to as a “teleological suspension of the ethical,” as he develops it in Either-Or and demonstrates it in Fear and Trembling, to show how it may be interpreted to support a novel conception of supererogation that appears compatible with virtue ethics.