The Self-Sufficient Good

Terry Pinkard

in Hegel's Naturalism

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860791
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932986 | DOI:
The Self-Sufficient Good

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Humans act out of their second nature, a set of habits and acquired dispositions that can take itself as its own object. Second nature is informed by one's reflective commitments, but the two are not the same. Free action would consist in acting in a way so that one is a law unto oneself in the sense that one's character (as second nature) also is rationally compelling. The final end of life is not happiness but something Hegel identifies as comprehending being at one with oneself, and such a final end functions neither as a good to which other things are means nor as an ideal to which we should approximate. It is rather that which provides a general focus for our other deliberations on goods.

Keywords: second nature; final end; freedom; character; destiny; happiness; autonomy

Chapter.  15482 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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