Hegel’s Idea of Sittlichkeit


in Constitutional Goods

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225798
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706516 | DOI:
Hegel’s Idea of Sittlichkeit

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This chapter introduces the communitarian conception of public reason, called living ethos. This idea involves the mutual recognition of community and individual, such that the individual's free commitment to a way of life is met by the community's deference to individual agency as to the vehicle of its vibrant actualization. The chapter discusses the new interpretation of rights implied by a fundamentalist communitarianism and illustrates the latter's illiberal implications in practice. It criticizes Kymlicka's attempt to accommodate communal membership within egalitarian liberalism and moves on to a new conception of public reason implied by the self-contradictory realization of the communitarian one. This conception is called dialogic community, whose structure of mutual recognition is exemplified in the constitutional paradigms previously considered.

Keywords: communitarianism; living ethos; human rights; multiculturalism; dialogic community

Chapter.  14300 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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