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dc.contributor.authorNeufeld, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-02T20:41:05Z
dc.date.available2013-01-02T20:41:05Z
dc.date.issued2013-01-02
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/4164
dc.descriptionPlease consult the paper edition of this thesis to read. It is available on the 5th Floor of the Library at Call Number: Z 9999 P55 N48 2004
dc.description.abstractA curious ethical concept emerged during the European Protestant Reformation. One's "calling" to serve humanity responsibly became connected to the promise of accumulating material rewards. This notion of "vocation" was not new, however, as it originated in the Old and New biblical Testaments. This study traces the ethic of "the calling to responsibility" by examining explicit and implied references to "vocation" in the primary texts of five major continental philosophers. To begin, I show how Fichte's ascetic concept of vocation required unity with a total and holistic transcendental power. When Kierkegaard reconsidered this idealistic notion of vocation, he lamented the disappearance of the single individual. His notion of vocation is explicitly religious and incorporates a concept of "conversion" that emphasizes a response to the temporal suffering of others. Nietzsche's ethical concept of responsibility is directly related to his original notions of truth and persona as a multiplicity of forces. For Nietzsche, being "called" to serve others requires freedom from resentment and learning to love complacently. Kierkegaard's and Nietzsche's ethical concepts show up in Levinas' and Derrida's postmodem ethics. I close by showing how Levinas' emphasis on "the other" and Derrida's examination of "pure giving" display how the ancient and modem concept of "vocation" can be articulated in original ways for the sake of a postmodem ethics of responsibility. This study is significant, since there is a continuing need to reexamine what it means to volunteer service and alleviate the suffering of all human beings in what is increasingly becoming a depersonalized and technologized postmodem world.en_US
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dc.subjectVocationen_US
dc.subjectResponsibilityen_US
dc.subjectEthicsen_US
dc.titleThe vocation of responsibility : a conceptual analysis of a modern ideaen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Humanitiesen_US
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