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Hegel and Modern Culture

Jean-Louis Vieillard-Baron

in The Quest for Meaning

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222773
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222773.003.0012
Hegel and Modern Culture

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This chapter examines philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's conception of modern Western culture. It analyzes Hegel's Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences, the only work where he attempted to summarize the whole truth about Western culture as he saw it. It suggests that Hegel's ethics spiritualizes the principles of Aristotelian ethics by offering a new version of the imperative “become what you are” and that he shows his contempt for all individuals who isolate themselves from the social and religious totality.

Keywords: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Western culture; Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences; ethics; Aristotelian ethics; religion; philosophy

Chapter.  6371 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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