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Hegel's Critique of Modernity : Reconciling Individual Freedom and the Community - Timothy C. Luther

Hegel's Critique of Modernity

Reconciling Individual Freedom and the Community


Published: 16th June 2009
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Hegel's enduring importance lies in the fact that his philosophy sheds light on many contemporary problems; his conception of freedom enables us to reconcile many of the differences that divide liberalism and communitarianism. While liberalism tends to overemphasize the individual and devalue the community, communitarianism tends to do the reverse. One of his central aims is to integrate liberalism's concern for the political rights and interests of individuals within the framework of a community. He tries to reconcile the individual and community in a way that creates the proper mix of liberty and authority. One of Hegel's goals is to discover social structures that will allow individuals to escape the alienation that characterizes contemporary life. He sought a method of reconciling his contemporaries to the modern world by overcoming the things that split the self from the social world; that is, a place where people are at home in the social world. A sense of estrangement is all too common, even for those who enjoy more personal freedom and material abundance than ever thought possible. While Hegel is speaking directly to and about his contemporaries, their social world bears much in common with ours. Consequently, his attempt to reconcile philosophical and social contradictions can elucidate our own condition. While the modern world reflects important contributions, the advent of modern liberalism leads to excessive individualism that fragments social life, leaving individuals disconnected and adrift from meaningful social life. The major goal of Hegel's political philosophy is to reconcile the individual with his or her political community in a way that overcomes the alienation of modern life.

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: His Philosophy and Context
Chapter 3. Hegel's Philosophy of History: The Odyssey of Liberty
Chapter 4. Hegel's Sittlichkeit: Individual Freedom in Ethical Life
Chapter 5. The Family and B??rgerliche Gesellschaft: Hegel's Realm of Particular Freedom
Chapter 6. Autonomy and Solidarity: Hegel's Rechtsstaat
Chapter 7. The Emergence of Hegelianism: Right and Left Movements
Chapter 8. Nineteenth-Century Rejections of Hegelianism
Chapter 9. Hegel and Postmodernism
Chapter 10. Hegel Today

ISBN: 9780739129814
ISBN-10: 0739129813
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 16th June 2009
Publisher: University Press of America