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Hegel's Social EthicsReligion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation$
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Molly Farneth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691171906

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691171906.001.0001

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Social Ethics in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Social Ethics in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

(p.1) Chapter One Social Ethics in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit
Hegel's Social Ethics

Molly Farneth

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses two aspects of Hegel's project together—epistemology and ethics, knowing and living well. In doing so, it gives an account of the relationships and practices that a community ought to cultivate, and of what happens when those relationships and practices are absent or deformed. In the Phenomenology of Spirit, Hegel shows what domination looks like and suggests that there is an alternative to it, a way of coping with conflict and forging solidarity. And, while Hegel was no democrat, he describes how conflicts can be confronted and hope for reconciliation sustained through just means in diverse communities. Read in this way, the Phenomenology of Spirit has much to teach the denizens of contemporary societies about what democracy ought to be.

Keywords:   G. W. F. Hegel, epistemology, ethics, Phenomenology of Spirit, domination, solidarity, diverse communities, democracy

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