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Inner Lives and Public Orientation

Terry Pinkard

in Hegel's Naturalism

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860791
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860791.003.0005
Inner Lives and Public Orientation

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Hegel's idealized view of ancient Greek life held that the Greeks were committed to an overall organic view of the cosmos. On that view, if each agent fulfilled his or her function in the organism, then the result would be a spontaneously produced harmony, and, within such a view, the only suitable form of government would be direct democracy. However, the Greeks also came to see in their tragedies how fragile or even impossible such an organic view of the world was. The collapse of Greek democracy and its being supplanted by the Roman Empire illustrated the collapse of that kind of organic view of the world, and, with that, the view that nature responded to our aspirations became less and less credible.

Keywords: Greece; Rome; empire; democracy; organicism; tragedy

Chapter.  11209 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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