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Understanding Hegel's Mature Critique of Kant$
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John McCumber

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785457

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785457.001.0001

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The Nature and Development of Will

The Nature and Development of Will

(p.111) Chapter 4 The Nature and Development of Will
Understanding Hegel's Mature Critique of Kant

John Mccumber

Stanford University Press

The section on “Morality” in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right contains a portrait not directly of Kant, but of Hegel’s Kant. Thus to best understand its reasoning it must be interrogated by Hegelian, rather than Kantian, standards. Such is the task of this chapter, which, while attending to Hegel’s systematic perspective in Philosophy of Right, also contends with those topics which most directly engage Kant. These include the book’s opening definition of will and its accounts of the purification of the nature of insight; welfare and the good; duty; and conscience. Since Hegel’s most important criticism of Kant lies in the fact that Hegel goes on from morality to the more concrete discussions of ethical life, this chapter will also consider that domain as far as its first moment, marriage.

Keywords:   Kant, Hegel, morality, ethics, conscience, duty, personhood, normativity

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