Hegel, Nietzsche, and Philosophy: Thinking Freedom

Hegel, Nietzsche, and Philosophy: Thinking Freedom

Hegel, Nietzsche, and Philosophy: Thinking Freedom

Hegel, Nietzsche, and Philosophy: Thinking Freedom

Synopsis

This study explores the theme of freedom in the philosophy of Hegel and Nietzsche. First, Will Dudley sets Hegel's Philosophy of Right within a larger systematic account and deploys the Logic to interpret it. He demonstrates that freedom involves not only the establishment of certain social and political institutions but also the practice of philosophy itself. Then, he reveals how Nietzsche's discussions of decadence, nobility and tragedy lead to an analysis of freedom that critiques heteronomous choice and Kantian autonomy, and ultimately issues a positive conception of liberation.

Excerpt

Freedom makes its first appearance in Hegel's philosophy before his system proper even begins: the Phenomenology of Spirit, which serves as an introduction to the system, is an account of the elevation of consciousness to a standpoint that Hegel characterizes as free, the standpoint of the speculative philosopher. the speculative philosopher engages in . . .

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