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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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Freedom as Rational Self‐Determination

Freedom as Rational Self‐Determination

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(p.43) 2 Freedom as Rational Self‐Determination
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Hegel's Idea of Freedom
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Alan Patten (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251568.003.0002

Offers an interpretation of the core conception of freedom found in Hegel's social and political philosophy. It argues that to an extent that is sometimes underestimated in the secondary literature Hegel follows Kant in conceptualizing freedom as rational self‐determination. Through a study of Hegel's claim that there is an opposition between freedom and authority, the chapter explains why freedom is associated with rational self‐determination and it considers and responds to various standard objections (e.g. those of Isaiah Berlin) against understanding freedom in this way.

Keywords:   authority, freedom, Hegel, Isaiah Berlin, Kant, rational self‐determination, self‐determination

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