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Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation

Molly Farneth


This book offers a fresh and accessible interpretation of G. W. F. Hegel's most famous book, the Phenomenology of Spirit. Drawing on important recent work on the social dimensions of Hegel's theory of knowledge, the book shows how his account of how we know rests on his account of how we ought to live. It argues that Hegel views conflict as an unavoidable part of living together, and that his social ethics involves relationships and social practices that allow people to cope with conflict and sustain hope for reconciliation. Communities create, contest, and transform their norms through these ... More

Keywords: G. W. F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, theory of knowledge, conflict, social ethics, reconciliation, slavery, Greek tragedy, confession, forgiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691171906
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691171906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Molly Farneth, author
Haverford College