Anthropology in Kierkegaard and Kant: The Synthesis of Facticity and Ideality vs. Moral Character

Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2011 (1):19-50 (2011)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Thiss article deals with how moral freedom relates to historicity and contingency by comparing Kierkegaard's theory of the anthropological synthesis to Kant'sconcept of moral character. The comparison indicates that there are more Kantian elements in Kierkegaard's anthropology than shown by earlier scholarship.More specifically, both Kant and Kierkegaard see a true change in the wayone lives as involving not only a revolution in the way one thinks, but alsothat one takes over—and tries to reform—both oneself and human society.Also, Kierkegaard relies on the ideality of ethics and the doctrines of moral rigorism and radical evil. However, Kierkegaard can be seen as trying to find amore systematic role for historicity and contingency than Kant by developingthe concept of facticity and by analyzing the so-called “despair of possibility.”



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 77,985

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Character and evil in Kant's moral anthropology.Patrick R. Frierson - 2006 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (4):623-634.
The Moral Argument for the Existence of God and Immortality.Roe Fremstedal - 2013 - Journal of Religious Ethics 41 (1):50-78.
Kant On The Ideality Of Space.Kenneth Rogerson - 1988 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 18 (June):271-286.
The concept of the highest good in Kierkegaard and Kant.Roe Fremstedal - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (3):155-171.


Added to PP

16 (#677,276)

6 months
1 (#485,467)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references