Hegels Conscience

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byDean Moyar

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This book provides a new interpretation of the ethical theory of G.W.F. Hegel. The aim is not only to give a new interpretation for specialists in German Idealism, but also to provide an analysis that makes Hegel's ethics accessible for all scholars working in ethical and political philosophy.While Hegel's political philosophy has received a good deal of attention in the literature, the core of his ethics has eluded careful exposition, in large part because it is contained in his claims about conscience. This book shows that, contrary to accepted wisdom, conscience is the central concept for understanding Hegel's view of practical reason and therefore for understanding his ethics as a whole. The argument combines careful exegesis of key passages in Hegel's texts with detailed treatments of problemsin contemporary ethics and reconstructions of Hegel's answers to those problems. The main goals are to render comprehensible Hegel's notoriously difficult texts by framing arguments with debates in contemporary ethics, and to show that Hegel still has much to teach us about the issues that matter tous most. Central topics covered in the book are the connection of self-consciousness and agency, the relation of motivating and justifying reasons, moral deliberation and the holism of moral reasoning, mutual recognition, and the rationality of social institutions.

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This book provides a new interpretation of the ethical theory of G.W.F. Hegel. The aim is not only to give a new interpretation for specialists in German Idealism, but also to provide an analysis that makes Hegel's ethics accessible for all scholars working in ethical and political philosophy.While Hegel's political philosophy has rece...

Dean Moyar is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He works on Kant and German Idealism, practical reason, and the philosophical foundations of liberalism. He is the editor of the Routledge Companion to Nineteenth Century Philosophy (2010) and is currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Hege...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Hegelian Ethics?2. Interpretive Parameters3. Hegel's Problem1. Self-Consciousness and Agency1.1. First-Person Authority and Responsible Action1.2. Conscience in History1.3. Immanent Negativity1.4. Negativity and Ethical Content1.5. A Performative View of Practical Reason2. Motivating and Justifying Reasons2.1. The Reasons Identity Condition2.2. Internal Reasons and the Knight of Virtue2.3. The Implicit Universality and Objectivity of Internal Reason2.4. Freedom and the Appeal to Pure Reason2.5. Conscience and Motivating Reasons2.6. The Ambiguity of Conscience2.7. The Complex Reasons Identity Condition3. Holism and Detachment3.1. Subjectivism and Detachment3.2. Self-Expression and Interpretive Authority3.3. Conscience as Holistic Practical Reason3.4. Abuses of Holism3.5. Autonomy as Non-Detachment4. Deliberation and Justification4.1. Moral Conflict4.2. Law and Value4.3. Moral Reflection and Skepticism4.4. Conscience as Judgment4.5. Fallibilism and the Externality of Judgment4.6. The Disjunctive Inference5. Mutual Recognition5.1. Recognition and the Moments of Action5.2. The Value of the Purposes of Conscience5.3 The Language of Conscience5.4. Ethical Purposes and the Value of Humanity5.5. The Endpoint of Recognition in the Phenomenology5.6. Objective Spirit and the Transition to Ethical Life6. Practical Reason in Ethical Life6.1. The Family6.2. Civil Society and the Need for Conscience6.3. The Legal System6.4. Right, Duty and the State6.5. Sovereignty and Deliberative Processes6.6. Our ActualityBibliographyIndex