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Hegel's Modernity

Douglas Moggach.

Hegel’s analysis of modern freedom is based on the idea of the free and infinite personality, which reconciles diversity and particular interest, with universality or membership in a rational community. This idea contrasts both with the more limited communities of antiquity, where individuation is incomplete, and with liberal ideas of instrumental association.
Hegel’s idea of modernity illustrates his innovations in the theory of intersubjective relations. He develops Kantian categories in this respect. The text surveys problems noted in recent literature in the structure of the Hegelian state, as the realisation of rational freedom. Distinguishing normative and institutional aspects of Hegel’s theory, it suggests the continuing relevance of his thought to the current situation.


Douglas Moggach  (Canada)
Dept. of Political Science
University of Ottawa

Douglas Moggach is the author of The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer (Cambridge, 2003). He has also written on Kant, Fichte, Hegel, republicanism, and modern political thought. He has held visiting appointments at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

  • Hegel
  • Kant
  • modernity
  • liberalism
  • intersubjectivity
  • relation
  • ethical life
Person as Subject
  • Hegel, G.W.F.

(Virtual Presentation, English)