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The concept of duty found its most prominent formulation in I. Kant's ethics. However, along with the concepts of the virtues and goods, it has always (Stoics, Cicero) belonged to those three central ethical concepts (Ethics) that have as their object the characteristic features of all action relevant to ethical judgments. The question of duty may be usefully posed only where there is action and therefore where a single choice must necessarily be made between several possible actions. However, in such cases it is imperative to as…

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Stroh, Ralf, “Duty”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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