Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

The Historical “Failure” of Ethical Life: The Split between ...

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Acknowledgements

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p. ix

This book grew out of a dissertation on Hegel I completed at the University of Toronto in 1998. To a great extent, that dissertation was shaped by the people I encountered there, with whom I shared friendship, discussion, and real political experiences—Edward Andrew, Michelle Baert, Darin Barney, Lianne Barras, Kathy Bullock, Sandra Clancy, Ann-Marie Czikowski, Abraham ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

The age of modernity is the age of abstract freedom, the shaking free of the bonds of traditional community, of the natural ties of birth, and the stepping forth into the world as an individual equal in worth to all. It is this feature that is fundamentally determinative of the meaning of modernity, and it is with the implications of this feature that thinkers have sought to ...

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1. “The Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate”: Toward a Reconsideration of the Role of Love in Hegel

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pp. 9-27

Hegel's "Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate” (SC), written in 1798–99, constitutes his most extensive consideration of love and his attempt to work out why a community based on the immediate bond of love is not possible for modern individuals. Although Hegel himself never published it, because it involved the articulation of a problem for which he had not yet conceived a ...

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2. From Christianity to Conscience: The Role of Love in Hegel’s Phenomenology

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pp. 29-64

In the 1800 fragment, Hegel holds that reflective thought can never comprehend a unity such as love and that love can only find objectification in the religious symbol. By the time of his 1801 On the Difference between Fichte’s and Schelling’s Systems of Philosophy, he is engaged with Schelling in an attempt to ...

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3. Philosophy of Right: The Final Reconciliation of Love and Reason

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pp. 65-93

The reconciliation of the two figures of conscience in Phenomenology of Spirit constitutes the recognition of a universal principle in the world, realized in and through the willing and judgment of individuals. For Hegel, this movement reflects the mode by which absolute principles are realized more generally. But it is only with the unfolding of ...

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4. The Historical “Failure” of Ethical Life: A View from within Hegel

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pp. 95-124

If Hegel's ethical life is meant to describe an arena of deeper moral edification and unity in the life of the modern, secular individual, an elaboration of the knowledge of love at the level of the political, in a manner that can be reconciled with reflective thought and individual freedom, then we must ask ...

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5. Hegel and the Dual Task of Today

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pp. 125-132

Hegel's explanation of the various limitations in the realization of ethical life as he had envisioned it is significant both in its critical and its constructive potential. Critically, the explanation clearly situates him as a participant in what, in the twentieth century, has come to be known as the “critique of instrumental rationality.” Hegel’s awareness of the dark ...

Notes

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pp. 133-145

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pp. 147-157

I N D E X

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pp. 159-164