Title
"Ne quid nimis" : Kierkegaard en de deugd van de matigheid "Ne quid nimis" : Kierkegaard en de deugd van de matigheid
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Leuven ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Tijdschrift voor philosophie. - Leuven, 1939 - 1961
Volume/pages
75(2013) :3 , p. 455-485
ISSN
0040-750X
ISI
000340073300002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Dutch (dut)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this article, I argue that, despite Kierkegaards 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-Climacuss ethics, the process of realizing the mixed life does not, contra the Socratic conception, involve reason restricting desire but instead, the will (infused with self-knowledge) grounding imagination in the facticity of human existence. It is through this process of perfection that we are able to imitate Christ, which is how Anti-Climacus ultimately understands the good life. Moreover, I suggest that we could understand this temperance as a virtue. In the conclusion, I show that Kierkegaards apparent critique of temperance is actually a critique of mediocrity.
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