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    Existentialists or mystics. Kierkegaard and Murdoch on imagination and fantasy in ethical life.Rob Compaijen - 2021 - History of European Ideas 47 (3):443-455.
    ABSTRACT In this paper I explore the role of imagination in ethical life. I do so by discussing the thought of Kierkegaard and Murdoch, both of whom stress the importance as well as the dangerousness of imagination for ethical life. Both distinguish between proper imagination and mere fantasy in dealing with the tension. Anti-Climacus’s views on imagination emphasize that the proper use of the imagination plays a vital role in realizing the fundamental ethical task of becoming ourselves, whereas fantasy only (...)
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    Kierkegaard, Macintyre, Williams, and the Internal Point of View.Rob Compaijen - 2018 - Springer Verlag.
    This book takes the debate about the rationality of the transition to ethical life in Kierkegaard’s thought in a significantly new direction. Connecting the field of Kierkegaard studies with the meta-ethical debate about practical reasons, and engaging with Alasdair MacIntyre’s and Bernard Williams’ thought, it explores the rationality of the choices for ethical life and Christian existence. Defending a so-called ‘internalist’ understanding of practical reasons, Compaijen argues that previous attempts to defend Kierkegaard against MacIntyre’s charge of irrationality have failed. He (...)
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    The Reification of Value: Robust Realism and Alienation.Rob Compaijen & Michiel Meijer - 2021 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 29 (3):275-294.
    This paper explores the relation between metaethical reflection and value experience, and does so by focusing on robust realism. Robust realism is typically criticized for its ontological and epistemological commitments. In this paper, however, we hope to shed new critical light on the plausibility of the theory by using two concepts – ‘reification’ and ‘alienation’ – that have their origin in critical social theory. We use the concept of ‘reification’ as an interpretative lens to look at robust realism and show (...)
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    Commitment and reflection in moral life.Rob Compaijen - 2023 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 84 (5):340-346.
    On the view that Nicholas Adams advocates in ‘Alternatives to Moral Common Ground’, ethics is complicit in undermining the commitments that constitute our moral lives, because by forcing us to articulate those commitments they lose their hold on us. In this paper I take Adams’ views as a starting point to explore the idea that ethics might be complicit in undermining our moral lives. Aiming to shed light on the relation between reflection and commitment, I will do two things. First, (...)
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    Afgunst, jaloezie en begeerte.Rob Compaijen - 2023 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 115 (4):471-492.
    Envy, jealousy, and covetousness Envy, jealousy, and covetousness are three similar phenomena that people commonly refer to by using one word: ‘jealousy’. Can they be distinguished, and if so, how? More specifically, in which way(s) is envy different from jealousy proper and covetousness? In this article I argue that these three phenomena are intimately related because they all exhibit a ‘triangular’ structure: each involves an I, an object that is valued, and another person. The differences between envy and jealousy proper, (...)
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    Aesthetic Depression and the Rationality of Transforming One's Life.Rob Compaijen - 2022 - Review of Metaphysics 75 (3):481-499.
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    Authenticity and Imitation. On the Role of Moral Exemplarity in Anti-Climacus’ Ethics.Rob Compaijen - 2011 - Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2011 (2011):341-364.
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    C. Stephen Evans, Kierkegaard and Spirituality: Accountability as the Meaning of Human Existence.Rob Compaijen - 2020 - Philosophia Reformata 86 (1):1-6.
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    Do I ever have a place in the sun? A critical perspective on Kierkegaard’s Works of Love.Rob Compaijen - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 75 (4):347-364.
    Søren Kierkegaard advocates, in his Works of Love, a rigorous ideal of neighbor love. When one is confronted with this ideal of self-sacrifice and love for the enemy, one inevitably wonders whether such a life of neighbor love is livable. In this article, I ask whether Kierkegaard indeed allows for limits on neighbor love, and if neighbor love is limitless, whether there are, on his account, good reasons to live such a life. In elaborating these issues, I aim to show (...)
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    “Ne Quid Nimis.” Kierkegaard and the Virtue of Temperance.Rob Compaijen - 2014 - Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 19 (1):3-28.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook Jahrgang: 19 Heft: 1 Seiten: 3-28.
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    “Ne quid nimis‘. Kierkegaard and the Virtue of Temperance.Rob Compaijen - 2013 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 75 (3):455-485.
    In this article, I argue that, despite Kierkegaard’s seemingly harsh critique of temperance, it plays a crucial role in his ethics developed under the pseudonym of Anti-Climacus in The Sickness unto Death and Practice in Christianity. Anti-Climacus, following Socrates in the Philebus, thinks of the good life as ”mixed’, in which the different and opposed dimensions of human existence, peras and apeiron, are in due proportion. In Anti-Climacus’s ethics, the process of realizing the ”mixed’ life does not, contra the Socratic (...)
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    Transformative Choice, Practical Reasons and Trust.Rob Compaijen - 2018 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 26 (2):275-292.
    In this article I reflect on the question of whether we can have reason to make transformative choices. In attempting to answer it, I do three things. First, I bring forward an internalist account of practical reasons which entails the idea that agents should deliberate to the best of their ability. Second, I discuss L.A. Paul’s views on transformative choice, arguing that, although they present a real problem, the problem is not as profound as she believes it is. Third, I (...)
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  13. Zelfwording AlS imitate: Over de rol Van voorbeeldigheid en de overgang Van filosofie naar theologie in kierkegaards ethiek.Rob Compaijen - 2011 - Bijdragen 72 (1):18-38.
    In this article I develop a new perspective on Kierkegaard’s ethics of becoming oneself. I understand this important subject from the perspective of moral exemplarity, a viewpoint for which there has not been sufficient attention in Kierkegaard scholarship on the subject of becoming oneself. On the basis of a combined reading of his The sickness unto death and his Practice in Christianity I show that Kierkegaard argues, under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus, that one becomes oneself through the imitation of Christ. I (...)
     
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    A companion to Kierkegaard , edited by Jon Stewart, Malden, MA, Blackwell Publishing, 2015, xx+519 pp., £120 , ISBN: 978-1-118-78381-8. [REVIEW]Rob Compaijen - 2016 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 77 (1-2):78-80.
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    The Freedom to Become a Christian. A Kierkegaardian Account of Human Transformation in Relationship with God, by Andrew B. Torrance, London, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016, 217 + x pp, £69.99, ISBN 9780567661203. [REVIEW]Rob Compaijen - 2016 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 77 (1-2):77-78.
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