A course on the concepts of law and ethical life or totality (Sittlichkeit) in Hegel’s early writings. We will focus on Hegel’s critiques of ‘positive’, authoritarian law in Christianity and the abstract, moral law in Kant, and his attempts to overcome the alienation of human feeling from the law through the unifying forces of ‘love’, ‘life’ and the totally different lawfulness of concrete ethical communities. Key topics include: the motives for moral action; intersubjectivity; virtue; punishment as the ‘causality of fate’, and Kunst-Religion. Attention will also be given to the programme of aesthetic reason developed with Hölderlin. These themes will then be traced to the concepts of Sittlichkeit and law in Hegel’s ‘Phänomenologie des Geistes’.
Lecture and seminar
Comprehension of German is a big advantage.
Course objectives will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.
Kant’s Religion innerhalb der Grenzen der blossen Vernunft;
Excerpts from Hegel’s ‘Frühe Schriften’ (Werke in zwanzig Bände, Suhrkamp, volume 1; English translation, ‘Early Theological Writings’, transl. T. M. Knox).
Excerpts from the ‘Phänomenologie’ (Suhrkamp, vol. 3).
Also selected secondary material for seminar discussions.
Assessment will be based on active participation in the seminars, including seminar-assignments and oral presentations (20%), and a paper of 4000 – 5000 words (80%) on an assigned topic.
See: Timetable BA Philosophy
Dr. H.W. Siemens ( email@example.com )
Studiepad: Filosofie van mens en cultuur / Ethiek & Politieke filosofie