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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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Rituals of Reconciliation

Rituals of Reconciliation

(p.54) Chapter Four Rituals of Reconciliation
Hegel's Social Ethics

Molly Farneth

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes Hegel's alternative to domination. It compares the relationship between the lord and bondsman in the famous struggle for recognition to the relationship between the wicked and judging consciousnesses near the end of the Phenomenology of Spirit. In the latter section, the two individuals' conflict is transformed into a relationship of reciprocal recognition through their practices of confession and forgiveness. The chapter illustrates the structure of the relationship of reciprocal recognition as one of reciprocal authority and accountability, and shows how this relationship emerges from the sacramental practices of confession and forgiveness. The chapter also shows how, for Hegel, the desire for recognition and, thus, for domination, is essential to human personhood.

Keywords:   G. W. F. Hegel, domination, recognition, Phenomenology of Spirit, confession, forgiveness, reciprocal authority, human personhood

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