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Palgrave Macmillan

Hegel's Discovery of the Philosophy of Spirit

Autonomy, Alienation, and the Ethical Life: The Jena Lectures 1802-1806

ISBN 9781137302120
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Renewing Philosophy

Hegel's Discovery of the Philosophy of Spirit explores Hegel's critique of the individualistic ethos of modernity, and the genesis of his alternative vision. Hegel, following Hölderlin and Fichte, sees the conflict between the autonomy trumpeted by philosophers, and the sense of rupture and alienation characteristic of the individual's experience of life, as the fundamental existential dilemma of the post-Enlightenment era. Viewing the reflective philosophy of subjectivity as the source of this malaise, Hegel suggests that the key to overcoming it lies in rejection of the subjectivist approach and its replacement by a new model of what it means to be an individual. In the early Jena writings, he experiments with various formulations of this insight. Hegel's Discovery of the Philosophy of Spirit traces the process by which Hegel arrives at this new conception, a process culminating in the second Jena 'Philosophy of Spirit' lectures.

Pini Ifergan teaches philosophy at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Author of The Tragedy in Ethical Life: Hegel's Philosophy and the Spirit of Modernity (2010), he has also edited, annotated, and written interpretive introductions for Hebrew translations of several philosophical classics, including Hegel's Philosophy of Right (2011) and Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate (2005); and Kant's Conflict of the Faculties (2007). He is currently working on a book about the philosophy of Hans Blumenberg.

1. On the Origins of Hegel's Philosophical Motivation
2. The First Systematic Attempt to Conceptualize the Critique of Culture
3. 'The Philosophy of Spirit': toward a Schematic Account of Self-Consciousness
4. Jena Lectures on the Philosophy of Spirit (1805/1806)


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