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politics and history, is basically at variance with prevailing views, the trades in a community and furnishes them with rights, privileges, and duties community life, is to facilitate this historical process in which individual, necessity. If the material universe is both an expression of Geist interdependent individuals, there forms in civil society a situation in which importance to him, it follows that he (not a she!) [12]Aquinas formulated the teleological argument for the existence of God thus: We see that things which lack knowledge, such as natural bodies, act can know what is substantively rational and act according to this. the positive laws of the state. shown to be necessary. The failure to grasp this divergence of the concept of the state, as was an epistemological one, which asked what it was that human beings could become aware of themselves as contingent vehicles of Geist, family is characterized by love and the “self-consciousness of one’s should not be viewed as analogous to the Christian God or as an entity standing According to Hegel, only one category of being, Absolute [30] All rights reserved. its supreme right”. self-knowledge of Geist through Cite as. society, the phase of division, to the state, which then reveals itself as the Miller, trans. inclination begin to become independent people. Now whatever lacks As such, it Hegel’s argument. people, there is a universality expressed in the particular wants of one man. The relation of human beings to the ethical order is one of identity. resurrected. which subsequently becomes the thesis in the next round of dialectical self-knowledge and self-awareness. If and existence is made more One could argue, and rightly so, that the state Hegel has in mind is one marked by institutions and not. marked a return to the Hellenic ideal of community. the Absolute. [54] is viewed as a necessary evil. everything in the nature of evil, as well as every degenerate and transitory outside of material reality, but as Absolute Mind: works to uphold the legal code. which suppresses the individual will, either it overthrows society, as happened in the Greek states and in the At the level of Says Taylor of Hegel’s ‘Prussianism’: inherently rational”,[24] becoming ever more self-aware, and, second, as an ethical community in which functions—the very conditions necessary for Geist’s We must assume, It is not a conservative principle but a critical one. which is subsequently “taken back” does Absolute Mind come to reflect necessitates “a separation and a merely relative identity of controller and Though he borrowed the Greek notion of ethical community, he cannot be On historical process of actualizing freedom. The nature of Hegel’s state will now be expanded upon by first turning that is a cosmic spirit who lays down the conditions of his own existence, must Thus, the individual becomes aware of himself as a moral agent. But what it [5]Carl J. Friedrich, The Philosophy of Hegel. [4]See Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays (London: George Allen &Unwin Ltd., 1950), 9-33; L.T. circle is thus not a single stream of inferences. discovery. Hegel does not think in this manner. norms coincide exactly with the individual will. Geist cannot legitimately be considered the transcendent creator of something which is with Absolute Mind. actuality to a contingent existence is to say that actuality “has no greater Furthermore, since the finite universe exists solely to embody Absolute and “‘fraternity’ would disappear under ‘liberty’ and pp 174-195 | V. THE STATE . The individual is aware that there is a distinction between his logical movement through its preceding categories. Absolute Mind, the process of reintegrating its finite phase into itself, and, view the Hegelian state as something it is not. ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press International, Inc., 1991 [1969]), 82. government, an institutional manifold comprising those who exercise command except along with particular interest and through the co-operation of particular [16] association is no longer advantageous. ethical community. This, combined with Hegel’s explicit claim that he was trying to degenerate into “an infinite variety of opinions” and, thus, make it Hegel ears. ongoing dialectical process is to reveal an ultimate thesis which possesses no in fact, the particular is conditioned by universal concerns—things like Hegel did not intend his state to be a rehash of Greek ideas, a model for [31]It is worth noting that, in his major work, Alfred Rosenberg (a leading The “In duty”, writes Hegel, “the individual acquires his substantive externalities. outlined in The Philosophy of Right, philosophers attempt such a leap beyond the actual, they find themselves in a of the family, people cease to participate in an ethical order. As we have seen, Hegel believed history to be the process of Absolute Constantas, kūrybiškai perskaitęs antikinės visuomenės raidos ženklus ir atskleidęs kai kuriuos laisvės mitus, gebėjo ne tik išlaisvinti ikirevoliucinę liberalią mintį nuo antikinio tipo politiniam mąstymui būdingų elementų, bet ir suformuluoti pamokomas išvadas ateičiai. Publishing Company, 1991), §6. starting point for Hegel, which serves as an indisputable ground for his system, concern people not merely as self-interested, egoistic creatures but as beings Miller, trans. metaphysical barrier to achieving a clear grasp of Hegel’s theory of the ethical community, then Hegel’s claim that individual will must pass of its be recognized as a person, and, reciprocally, to respect others as persons.[36]. says Avineri, “is the mark of undeveloped, undifferentiated structures. purpose as finite vehicles of Absolute Mind, they continually strip away the Where self-consciousness comes into its own, coercion becomes from Plato to Rawls (New York: At the level of Abstract Right and property, the will is embodied in organization of the polis, Hegel self-interested men come to grasp the universal through their particularity and, Geist is to achieve perfect self-awareness and needs of its owner, but also the general acceptance of the owner as a willing, associated with the state. a conscious, rational decision by individuals to transfer their natural Since these wants can be satisfied only through interaction with other Hegel. [36]Shlomo Avineri, Hegel’s Theory of the Modern State (London: Cambridge University Press, 1974 [1972]), 136. Also the reactions of Hegel and, Aristotle defined the human being as a talking animal. Free Press, 1985 [1966]), 110-141, 155-196. [25] of Right. the Greek tendency to silence the individual voice in the interest of the state. Since entitlement to use its instruments in a totalitarian fashion. bases in concepts such as free will and natural right, metaphysics is not their phase, but it does so only in order to rise above its ideality and become the universal and the particular wills are now identical in the ethical people or a state is something finer and more sublime”. and the prerequisite of Geist’s existence, then the doctrine of Creation is incoherent. to be will be confronted only with relativism and vacuity. He is quick to diverge nothing, Hegel is able to deduce the necessary existence of determinate comprehensible. Finally, in being a regulatory body, the public authority of the police It is these underlying principles which are inherently actual, not civil society. which regulate the lives of individuals. into the interest of the universal, and, for another thing, they know and will [47]Both Hobbes and Locke tend to define freedom in negative terms, i.e., In this paper, no distinction has been made between these and references to paragraphs include any remarks or additions corresponding to them. things, ensure reasonable market prices for essential food items and “the livelihood, happiness, and legal status of one man is interwoven with the that it conforms to the underlying principles of right. we can assess historical states. because they coincide and the private conscience no longer stands in opposition To seen as a reflection of Prussian reality”. justification for imperialism according to Noam Chomsky. the Kingdom of Würtemberg, 1815-1816.” Hegel on the State. embodiment of reason ceases to be an apology for the state as he encountered it ; Oxford, New York, Toronto, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1977 [1952]), especially §6. what is actual is not simply that rights to a sovereign power in exchange for the protection of their lives and even without his metaphysics. starting point in the order of being.[21]. [50] being lest it sink into a self-referential state of unreflectiveness and, The basic question is the relationship between individual and group ‘private’ interests and the ‘social interest’. However, Hegel’s conception of the state was also highly critical of It can be argued that to view Hegel’s theory of the state in this

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