Hegel on Ethics and Politics (The German Philosophical by Robert B. Pippin, Otfried Höffe, Nicholas Walker

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By Robert B. Pippin, Otfried Höffe, Nicholas Walker

This sequence makes to be had in English vital contemporary paintings via German philosophers on significant figures within the German philosophical culture. The volumes will supply serious views on philosophers of significant value to the Anglo-American philosophical community--perspectives which have been principally overlooked other than by means of a handful of writers on German philosophy. This assortment brings jointly in translation the best post-war German language scholarship on Hegel's social and political philosophy, focusing on the weather of the Philosophy of correct.

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The latter is not therefore a matter of ethical indifference but rather, by virtue of the unlimited character of its content, represents “fulfilled ethical life” itself (WBN, in TW II, 530; ET: pp. 179–80). This ethical life also grounds, for philosophy as for religion, an obligating right to a certain activity that is independent of any other, pregiven, ends and purposes, and also in this sense a right to an autarchic existence. ” And similarly, for a specific group 24 HANS FRIEDRICH FULDA of individuals, philosophy also represents “the region in which man must relinquish his arbitrary desires and his particular purposes, in which he no longer seeks himself and what is his but rather honours himself precisely in participating in that which subsists independently in its own right” (BA, in TW XVIII, 26).

That punishment, as opposed to any number of other conceivable reactions, is the only way to ensure the reconciliation Hegel argues for is far from obvious. 18 ROBERT PIPPIN 10. A “haven” in a truly “heartless” world will not be a haven for long. 11. Although, of course, in other respects, he differs radically with other moderns, especially Kant. For the latter, the state functions as a formal condition, within which the development of natural capacities can occur rightfully, whereas for Hegel, historical development is not the unintended fulfillment of a natural plan (the development of “unsocial sociability” in order to stimulate perfectability) but is contrary to nature (he sides with Rousseau here) and becomes an end in itself (his most “classical” claim).

II. The Usefulness of Philosophy in Relation to the State The existence of philosophy as a specific and acknowledged form of intellectual activity – in distinction from religion – has a world-historical presupposition of its own that first manifested itself in the Greek polis. For it is only with the establishment of political freedom itself, in which the subject knows itself as such in its intrinsic universality, that there emerges the right to think in the authentic sense, that is, to elevate something into the form of universality and to stand by the same.

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