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Freedom as Rational Self‐Determination

Alan Patten

in Hegel's Idea of Freedom

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251568
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251568.003.0002
 Freedom as Rational Self‐Determination

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Offers an interpretation of the core conception of freedom found in Hegel's social and political philosophy. It argues that to an extent that is sometimes underestimated in the secondary literature Hegel follows Kant in conceptualizing freedom as rational self‐determination. Through a study of Hegel's claim that there is an opposition between freedom and authority, the chapter explains why freedom is associated with rational self‐determination and it considers and responds to various standard objections (e.g. those of Isaiah Berlin) against understanding freedom in this way.

Keywords: authority; freedom; Hegel; Isaiah Berlin; Kant; rational self‐determination; self‐determination

Chapter.  16766 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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