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My homepage, www.robertmwallace.com, is entitled "Philosophical Mysticism/The God of Freedom." These are tags for what I find in Plato and Hegel, expounded in my _Hegel's Philosophy of Reality, Freedom, and God_ (Cambridge University Press, 2005). I'm interested in correspondence on these topics (see "Contact" on homepage).
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  1. Robert Wallace (2011). Hegel's God. Philosophy Now 86:18-20.
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  2. Robert M. Wallace (2010). True Infinity and Hegel's Rational Mysticism. The Owl of Minerva 42 (1-2):123-135.
    Robert Williams objects that my interpretation of Hegel’s philosophical theology makes him an “Enlightenment naturalist.” In response, I explain how my book describes Hegel as decisively criticizing Enlightenment naturalism by showing that the finite and the natural must be sublated in the infinite. Second, I show that Hegel’s apparently paradoxical conception of the relation between humans and God makes sense when it is seen as part of the long tradition of rational mysticism, which includes Plato, Plotinus, Proclus, St. Augustine, and (...)
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  3. Robert Wallace (2009). “Coming Out” In Classical Athens: Heterosexual Love. Teoria 29 (2):23-32.
    To judge from extant sources, after Homer until the late Hellenistic period no Greek man ever publicly stated that he loved his wife. By contrast, after Homer elite men often stated that they loved particular adolescent males. This essay explores possible reasons for these differences from more recent practice, and their progressive modification. Starting in the later fifth century, men might publicly state that they loved their dead wives. In New Comedy and then Hellenistic epigram, a young man might state (...)
     
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  4. Robert M. Wallace (2009). Review of Frederick C. Beiser (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (2).
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  5. Robert Wallace (2007). Freedom and Belonging in Democratic Athens. Teoria 27 (1):21-30.
    Personal freedom, «living as you like», was a cardinal principal of Athens’ democracy and nearly always a daily reality for its citizens. Yet despite Athens’ ideologies and often extraordinary tolerance, what some consider significant violations of freedom also occurred; in particular, the Athenians reportedly prosecuted many intellectuals . All this has raised doubts about personal freedoms at Athens. Did these freedoms exist? Many deny it, including Isaiah Berlin in his famous essays On Liberty. Many modern democracies are guided by the (...)
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  6. Robert Wallace (2007). Libertà e appartenenza nell’Atene democratica. Teoria 27 (1):9-20.
    Personal freedom, «living as you like», was a cardinal principal of Athens’ democracy and nearly always a daily reality for its citizens. Yet despite Athens’ ideologies and often extraordinary tolerance, what some consider significant violations of freedom also occurred; in particular, the Athenians reportedly prosecuted many intellectuals . All this has raised doubts about personal freedoms at Athens. Did these freedoms exist? Many deny it, including Isaiah Berlin in his famous essays On Liberty. Many modern democracies are guided by the (...)
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  7. Robert Wallace (2007). The Legal Regulation of Private Conduct at Athens: Two Controversies on Freedom. Etica E Politica 9 (1):155-171.
    Despite the Athenians’ pronounced ideology of personal freedom , many scholars deny that they enjoyed either positive freedoms or negative freedoms, where the state could intervene as it wished, as against Sokrates for his religious views. The current essay argues that in their personal lives the Athenians were entirely free, except when speech or action materially harmed the community. A second ideology that community welfare superseded the wishes of any citizen was both universal and paramount – even for Plato’s Sokrates.
     
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  8. Robert M. Wallace (2005). Hegel's Philosophy of Reality, Freedom, and God. Cambridge University Press.
    This book shows that the repeated announcements of the death of Hegel's philosophical system have been premature. Hegel's Philosophy of Freedom, Reality, and God brings to light accomplishments for which Hegel is seldom given credit: unique arguments for the reality of freedom, for the reality of knowledge, for the irrationality of egoism, and for the compatibility of key insights from traditional theism and naturalistic atheism. The book responds in a systematic manner to many of the major criticisms leveled at Hegel's (...)
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  9. Robert M. Wallace (2005). Hegel's Refutation of Rational Egoism, in True Infinity and the Idea. In David Carlson (ed.), Hegel's Theory of the Subject. Palgrave Macmillan.
     
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  10. Robert Wallace (2003). Freiheit, Realität Und Gott-welt-verhältnis In Hegels Argument Zur Wahren Unendlichkeit. Hegel-Jahrbuch 5:137-141.
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  11. R. M. Wallace (2001). Paul Franco: Hegel's Philosophy of Freedom. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 110 (4):606-608.
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  12. Robert M. Wallace (2001). Hegel on “Ethical Life” and Social Criticism. Journal of Philosophical Research 26:571-591.
    Many readers have suspected that Hegel---in arguing against Kant’s individualistic and critical way of approaching ethics and favoring instead an “ethical life” he associates with custom and habit---is in effect eliminating both individual judgment and any basis for criticism of corrupt or unjust communities. Most specialists reject this view of Hegel’s ethical theory, but they haven’t explained precisely how, on the contrary, ethical life preserves individual judgment and criticism within a new way of thinking about ethics. The goal of this (...)
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  13. Robert M. Wallace (2001). Hegel's Philosophy of Freedom. Philosophical Review 110 (4):606-608.
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  14. R. M. Wallace (1999). How Hegel Reconciles Private Freedom with Citizenship. Journal of Political Philosophy 7 (4):419–433.
  15. Robert M. Wallace (1996). Terry Pinkard, Hegel's "Phenomenology": The Sociality of Reason. [REVIEW] Ethics 107 (1):163.
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  16. Robert M. Wallace (1996). Hegel's Social Philosophy: The Project of Reconciliation (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (3):468-469.
    468 JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY 34:3 JULY 1996 right that this distinction need not be a problem for Kant's, or his own, account. Indeed, further discussion of this could be the basis for defending both empirical explanation and a more interpretive or phenomenological understanding of events. But Hudson does not provide this discussion, and without it the "thinkability" of the free agency description is weak. Hudson himself seems uncertain at times as to how much authority to grant to (...)
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  17. Robert M. Wallace (1995). Mutual Recognition and Ethics: A Hegelian Reformulation of the Kantian Argument for the Rationality of Morality. American Philosophical Quarterly 32 (3):263 - 270.
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  18. R. Wallace (1994). Barbara Herman, The Practice of Moral Judgment. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 14:264-266.
     
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  19. R. Wallace (1989). Review. [REVIEW] History and Theory 28:326-348.
    After Virtue. A Study in Moral Theory by Alasdair MacIntyre Whose Justice? Which Rationality? by Alasdair MacIntyre.
     
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