Modern Individuality in Hegel’s Practical Philosophy by Erzsébet Rózsa, Tamás Nyirkos

By Erzsébet Rózsa, Tamás Nyirkos

In smooth Individuality in Hegel’s useful Philosophy, Erzsébet Rózsa goals to reconstruct Hegel’s concept of individuality within the gentle of his thought of modernity. glossy individuality is among the valuable themes of Hegel’s sensible philosophy, mentioned systematically within the sorts of subjectivity in subjective, target, and sensible spirit. Hegel interpreted sleek lifestyles and lifeworld within the context of legislation, politics, economic system, and personal lifestyles. “Infinite subjective freedom” is the historic precept of the “modern age”, in addition to the fundamental selection of recent person varieties of lifestyles and data. smooth type of lifestyles and mentality in line with the values and sensible activities of self-knowledge and self-determination is an fulfillment of historic value. This radical flip, although, provides a brand new viewpoint to the matter of excellent lifestyles: the normative function of considerable values is overshadowed through the stabilizing functionality of the “objective order” of associations.

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The multiple relational structure of the lifeworld of modern individuality is constituted exactly this way, in the relations of spirit and logic, subjective and objective spirit, morality and ethical life. Enlarging circles provide us with the result of our (re)construction: Hegel’s modern concept of individuality. 65 These arrangements serve as the frames and guarantees of the subjective freedom of individuals (too), affecting their lifeworlds immediately. The freedom of the modern individual is not merely subjective, but also intersubjective and institutionally established and shaped – therefore objective as well.

Education, “educated consciousness,” makes one able to form and transform one’s immediate incentives 52 Cf. Manfred Riedel, “Die Rezeption der Nationalökonomie,” in Studien zu Hegels Rechtsphilosophie (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1969), 75–99. – Erzsébet Rózsa, Hegel gazdaságfilozófiája (Budapest: Akadémiai, 1993). 53 The first principle of modern civil society is the “concrete person” motivated by one’s own particular needs. See Erzsébet Rózsa, “Das Prinzip der Besonderheit in Hegels Wirtschaftsphilosophie,” in Hegels Konzeption praktischer Individualität, 182–213.

II. 51 Cf. Erzsébet Rózsa, “Bildung, Reichtum und das Problem des Selbst: Zur Theorie des modernen Individuums in der Phänomenologie des Geistes,” in Hegel-Jahrbuch 2001, ed. Andreas Arndt, Karol Bal, and Henning Ottman (Berlin: Akademie, 2002), 204–211. individuality in the hegelian concept of modernity 19 in many respects. 53 The egocentric, concrete person, seeking to satisfy one’s own needs, constitutes the first form of economic self-determination, in parallel with the work principle of Adam Smith.

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