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Hegel's Idea of Freedom$
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Alan Patten

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199251568.001.0001

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Introduction: Perspectives on Hegel's Idea of Freedom

Introduction: Perspectives on Hegel's Idea of Freedom

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Perspectives on Hegel's Idea of Freedom
Hegel's Idea of Freedom

Alan Patten (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Introduces the problem of freedom and community in Hegel's thought. Hegel claims that a particular form of community membership is necessary for individual freedom, but this leads to several puzzles. The chapter contrasts and criticizes several standard interpretations of Hegel's theory of freedom and sketches the alternative interpretation to be advanced in the book. It discusses Hegel's views on the connections between freedom, conventionalism, history, and spirit, and it introduces the ‘civic humanist’ aspect of his thought.

Keywords:   Civic Humanism, community, freedom, Hegel, history spirit

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