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Title: Zelfwording als imitatie
Subtitle: Over de rol van voorbeeldigheid en de overgang van filosofie naar theologie in Kierkegaards ethiek
Author(s): COMPAIJEN, Rob
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 72    Issue: 1   Date: 2011   
Pages: 18-38
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.72.1.2083114

Abstract :
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 elaborate this Christian ethics of becoming oneself by focusing on the transition from philosophy to theology in Anti-Climacus’ ethics, and, moreover, by making clear, first, how one can become oneself through the imitation of Christ; second, why one should, according to Anti-Climacus, imitate Christ; and third, what exactly should be imitated in the imitation of Christ. In the conclusion of this article I argue that, contra a dominant interpretation among Kierkegaard scholars, human beings can be themselves according to Anti-Climacus.