Hegel's Practical Philosophy: Rational Agency as Ethical Life

Hegel's Practical Philosophy: Rational Agency as Ethical Life

by Robert B. Pippin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052172872X

ISBN-13: 9780521728720

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This fresh and original book argues that the central questions in Hegel's practical philosophy are the central questions in modern accounts of freedom: What is freedom, or what would it be to act freely? Is it possible so to act? And how important is leading a free life? Robert Pippin argues that the core of Hegel's answers is a social theory of agency, the

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This fresh and original book argues that the central questions in Hegel's practical philosophy are the central questions in modern accounts of freedom: What is freedom, or what would it be to act freely? Is it possible so to act? And how important is leading a free life? Robert Pippin argues that the core of Hegel's answers is a social theory of agency, the view that agency is not exclusively a matter of the self-relation and self-determination of an individual but requires the right sort of engagement with and recognition by others. Using a detailed analysis of key Hegelian texts, he develops this interpretation to reveal the bearing of Hegel's claims on many contemporary issues, including much-discussed core problems in the liberal democratic tradition. His important study will be valuable for all readers who are interested in Hegel's philosophy and in the modern problems of agency and freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521728720
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
862,159
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Part I. Spirit: 1. Introduction: leading a free life; 2. Naturalness and mindedness: Hegel's compatibilism; 3. On giving oneself the law; 4. The actualization of freedom; Part II. Freedom: 5. The freedom of the will: Psychological dimensions; 6. The freedom of the will: social dimensions; Part III. Sociality: 7. Hegelian sociality: recognitive status; 8. Recognition and politics; 9. Institutional rationality; 10. Concluding remarks.

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