Marriage and Mediation: The Product among the Idealists

in Uncivil Unions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226136936
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226136950 | DOI:
Marriage and Mediation: The Product among the Idealists

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This chapter concentrates on Friedrich Schleiermacher. It illustrates how G. W. F. Hegel gradually came to abandon the central premises of the early Idealist metaphysics of marriage and instead empowered the product that had haunted his early Idealist colleagues. Schleiermacher viewed the existence of a tertium comparationis with suspicion, as it reminds him of the atomism of civil society. In the period immediately following Schleiermacher's works on love and community, Hegel appeared to turn away from questions of love and community altogether. It is noted, while Hegel's philosophy as a whole shifted away from the erotic philosophy of his Frankfurt years, questions of love and family remained. His account of love in the Philosophy of Right barely differed at all from that provided in his early writings. Alongside the distinction between love and marriage, language reentered the picture in Hegel's discussion of the family.

Keywords: marriage; Friedrich Schleiermacher; G. W. F. Hegel; Idealist; love; community; family; Philosophy of Right

Chapter.  13017 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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