Love and Equality

  • Victor J. Seidler

Abstract

Following Kant, Søren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love illustrates a conception of Christian equality which essentially abstracts from the everyday conditions of power and subordination within social life. He offers us a picture of social life that would systematically deny the moral significance of social inequality. For Kierkegaard, however, it is through the duty to love others that I am to learn to recognise others as ‘neighbours’. This is to create a connection between us as human beings that is supposed to be more important than whatever divides us in the social world. This is the importance of Christian love:

It is the Christian love which discovers and knows that the neighbour exists, and what amounts to the same thing, that everyone is a neighbour. If it were not a duty to love, then the concept of neighbour would not exist; but only when one loves one’s neighbour, only then is the selfish partiality eradicated, and the equality of the eternal preserved. (Works of Love, p. 37)

Keywords

Defend Blindness 

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© Victor J. Seidler 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor J. Seidler
    • 1
  1. 1.Goldsmiths’ CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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