Undersøgelse af ægteskabets betydning for Kierkegaards etiker, “Assessoren Wilhelm”, perspektiveret til Hegels syn på ægteskabets betydning i sædeligheden
For Kierkegaard, the ethical individual is both a person in the community, and an individual person. Being part of the community, and thereby entering ethical life, includes choosing marriage. A marriage should base upon a free decision, and on love, but it is also an obligatory part of the ethical life, according to Kierkegaard. Marriage sets the individual free from the aesthetic life, that is, a life in complete despair and endless restlessness. Moreover, marriage brings a new kind of freedom and reality, even though it is at the expense of the freedom of the individual. Hegel’s position is almost similar, as he argues that marriage is the individual's step into the ethical life that constitutes the society and the state, which is what every ethical person must strive to participate in. Both Kierkegaard's pseudonymous character “Wilhelm” and Hegel think that marriage is an important part of a person's way to self-realization, and a way to real, positive freedom.