Hegel’s logic of freedom

Baumann, Charlotte (2012) Hegel’s logic of freedom. Doctoral thesis (DPhil), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

“Being with oneself in the other” is Hegel’s famous definition of freedom, and, I argue, it
is also the key topic of his entire Science of Logic. Hegel’s Logic is an ontological analysis of the underlying relational structure of everything: the structure of thinking as much as the
structure of the world. Hegel proposes at the beginning of the Logic that this structure
must display the form of “being with oneself in the other”, i.e. consist in a relation of
identity and difference between a totality and its elements. After presenting the different
forms of “being with oneself in the other” developed in the Logic, I will offer a new
interpretation of the Philosophy of Right and the Philosophy of History in the light of my
interpretation of the Logic. This serves to show how exactly Philosophy of Right is the
exposition of the existence of freedom and how it is grounded in the Logic. While the
connection between Hegel’s Logic and social philosophy has often been taken to have
authoritarian and anti-individualist implications, I will show that this is not the case and
that this connection instead highlights the republican aspects in Hegel’s theory

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B0105 Special topics, A-Z > B0105.L45 Liberty. Freedom
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 15:48
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2015 13:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38556

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