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Indebtedness
(372 words)

[German Version]

Indebtedness differs from guilt/debt, which refers generally to an ethical circumstance as the omission or transgression of a duty, as a concrete, unfulfilled duty or a specific transgression of a requirement. In this regard, one thinks, first, of debts in the economic realm incurred through private, national or international borrowing. The term itself also echoes the understanding of indebtedness as a failure in the general moral sense. Both aspects converge from the standpoint of b…

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Gräb-Schmidt, Elisabeth, “Indebtedness”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125332>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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