Hegel's Critique of Modernity

Hegel's Critique of Modernity

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While the Enlightenment brought about an unprecedented growth in freedom, it also gave rise to a set of dichotomies that Hegel's philosophy helps to overcome. In this book, Timothy C. Luther examines Hegel's contribution to polical philosophy and his attempt to resolve tensions in political philosophy and democracy_particularly, his reconciliation of individual liberty and community. Hegel's dialectic preserves what he sees as valuable in liberalism while reformulating it in a way that is more sensitive to community and historical context.Both Creon and Antigone are guilty of violating Greek law: Antigone breaches human law and Creon divine law. ... are shaken free of their social identities and the living unity of the polis is a€œshattered into a multitude of separate atoms. ... For Hegel, Sophoclesa#39; tragedy illustrates that allegiance to either sphere of the Greek worlda€”the divine or the humana€”must ultimately prove irreconcilable to the other .

Title:Hegel's Critique of Modernity
Author:Timothy C. Luther
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2009


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