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    The Divine Relationship Ethics of Kierkegaard’s Love-Sleuth in Works of Love.G. P. Marcar - 2019 - Studies in Christian Ethics 32 (3):341-351.
    Despite traditionally being characterised as a melancholy thinker with a propensity to dwell on existential anxiety, sin and despair, scholarly interest in the place of love in Søren Kierkegaard’s ethical thought is currently gaining significant traction. In particular, Kierkegaard’s Works of Love has increasingly come under the academic spotlight as a text with potentially rich and previously underappreciated insights for Christian ethics. This article aims to contribute to this ongoing illumination, by highlighting the moral psychology and theological anthropology of Kierkegaard’s (...)
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    “A Great Miracle in a Little Room”: Thomas Traherne and the Intrinsic Value of Nonhuman Animals.G. P. Marcar - 2022 - Journal of Animal Ethics 12 (2):128-137.
    The writings of English poet and mystic Thomas Traherne remain a relatively underexplored reservoir. Traherne's technological context includes the invention of the telescope as well as the microscope. As will become evident in this article, Traherne's expositions on creation display an imagination that is adept at placing itself behind both types of lenses. This article focuses on Traherne's treatment of two types of insects—the fly and the ant—in order to extrapolate some of the insights that can be gleaned from Traherne's (...)
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    The Quiet Lake and the Hidden Spring: Locating the Ground in Kierkegaard's Works of Love.G. P. Marcar - 2022 - Studies in Christian Ethics 35 (4):748-764.
    At the end of the prayer with which he begins Works of Love, Søren Kierkegaard notes that while ‘works of love’ might normally be viewed as a subset of worthwhile human endeavours or ‘works’, from heaven's perspective no work can be pleasing unless it is a work of love. From this arises the question—which Kierkegaard himself moves swiftly to address—of what distinguishes a work of ‘love’ from other, non-loving works? In this article, and with particular reference to Jacob Boehme, I (...)
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  4. Climacus’ Miracle: Another Look at “the Wonder” in Philosophical Fragments Through a Spinozist Lens.G. P. Marcar - 2019 - Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 24 (1):59-84.
    In Chapter 2 of the Philosophical Fragments, Søren Kierkegaard’s pseudonym Johannes Climacus poetises about a “king who loved a maiden.” Climacus concludes this venture with a bold claim: what he has just described is “so different from any human poem” that it should not be regarded as a poem at all, but as “the wonder” [Vidunderet] which leads one to exclaim in adoration that “[t]his thought did not arise in my own heart!” In the subsequent chapter of Philosophical Fragments, Climacus (...)
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    Aquinas' Quinque Viae: Fools, Evil, and the Hiddenness of God.G. P. Marcar - 2015 - Heythrop Journal 56 (1):67-75.
    At present a broad consensus may be discerned on Aquinas' ‘five ways' for proving the existence of God: either he is responding to atheism per se by means of five rational arguments, or he is not responding to any formal denial of God's existence. Both of these approaches ignore the two specific objections Aquinas raises prior to the five ways: evil is incompatible with the existence of an infinite goodness , and the world does not require an external explanation . (...)
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    Another Look at Aquinas's Objections to Capital Punishment.G. P. Marcar - 2016 - New Blackfriars 97 (1069):289-307.
    According to Thomas Aquinas, a sovereign government may legitimately execute sinners in pursuance of the common good. Aquinas outlines his defence of Capital Punishment in the Summa Theologica 2–2, q.64, a.2 and the Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 3, Chapter 146. Aquinas's stance on this issue is well known and his argument in favour of CP has been extensively discussed. This article will focus instead on the objections Aquinas raises to the institution of CP in the ST and SCG, along with (...)
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    Another Look at Aquinas's Objections to Capital Punishment.G. P. Marcar - 2016 - New Blackfriars 97 (1067):289-307.
    According to Thomas Aquinas, a sovereign government may legitimately execute sinners in pursuance of the common good. Aquinas outlines his defence of Capital Punishment in the Summa Theologica 2–2, q.64, a.2 and the Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 3, Chapter 146. Aquinas's stance on this issue is well known and his argument in favour of CP has been extensively discussed. This article will focus instead on the objections Aquinas raises to the institution of CP in the ST and SCG, along with (...)
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    Søren Kierkegaard and the Impossibility of (Un)Forgiveness.G. P. Marcar - 2019 - Journal of Religious Ethics 47 (4):716-734.
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