Hegel’s Practical Philosophy

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode FI204HP
Vaknaam Hegel’s Practical Philosophy
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Hegel’s Practical Philosophy
Leerdoelen The goal of this course is that students can make some sense of a very important, but also notoriously difficult book: Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right (1821). They will learn to situate it in its historical context, but also to evaluate the systematic merits of some of its key concepts, such as “ethical life” (Sittlichkeit) and “spirit” (Geist). They will critically discuss what notion of freedom Hegel wants to realize in his account of modern society, and whether his attempt can be described as success or failure.
Omschrijving We will try to understand the practical philosophy of GWF Hegel, as laid down in his Elements of the Philosophy of Right. This book is one of the keystones of the history of Western Philosophy, and yet, to this day, its interpretation remains controversial. Was Hegel a liberal or a conservative? A Kantian or an Anti-Kantian? What to make of notoriously difficult notions such as “ethical life” (Sittlichkeit”) or “spirit” (Geist) – are those dangerously metaphysically loaded ideas, or should one understand them as elements of sociological theory avant la lettre? We will read selected passages from the Elements of the Philosophy of Right, and try to understand them both in their historical context and from a systematic perspective. The focus will be in particular on the kind of society that Hegel envisaged, in which he saw freedom realized.
Uren per week
(Term paper)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. L.M. Herzog
Docent(en) prof. dr. L.M. Herzog
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Hegel,Elements of the Philosophy of Right – edition and secondary literature will be announced before the course
Entreevoorwaarden Some knowledge of Kant’s philosophy would be helpful
Opmerkingen PPE elective and open to all other Master programs (also history of philosophy)
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