Interreligious Insight 15 (1):28-26 (2017)

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Richard Oxenberg
Emory University (PhD)
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Whence comes the evil will? My paper examines Kant’s notion of radical evil and Kierkegaard’s analysis of sin in order to uncover the existential-ontological dynamic of the evil will. Ultimately, I argue, the evil will arises in response to the anxiety inherent in freedom itself. I conclude with an examination of Kierkegaard’s ‘formula of faith’ as a solution to the dilemma of freedom, and consider the role faith may play in freedom’s moral maturation.
Keywords Evil  Kierkegaard  Kant  Ethics  Existentialism  Free will
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