Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation

Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press (2017)
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Hegel’s Social Ethics offers a fresh and accessible interpretation of G. W. F. Hegel’s most famous book, the Phenomenology of Spirit. Drawing on important recent work on the social dimensions of Hegel’s theory of knowledge, Molly Farneth shows how his account of how we know rests on his account of how we ought to live. Farneth argues that Hegel views conflict as an unavoidable part of living together, and that his social ethics involves relationships and social practices that allow people to cope with conflict and sustain hope for reconciliation. Communities create, contest, and transform their norms through these relationships and practices, and Hegel’s model for them are often the interactions and rituals of the members of religious communities. The book’s close readings reveal the ethical implications of Hegel’s discussions of slavery, Greek tragedy, early modern culture wars, and confession and forgiveness. The book also illuminates how contemporary democratic thought and practice can benefit from Hegelian insights. Through its sustained engagement with Hegel’s ideas about conflict and reconciliation, Hegel’s Social Ethics makes an important contribution to debates about how to live well with religious and ethical disagreement.

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Chapter 4. Rituals of Reconciliation.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 54-80.
Notes.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 133-150.
Frontmatter.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Contents.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Preface.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Bibliography.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 151-158.
Index.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 159-166.
A note on the type.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 167-168.
Chapter 1. Social Ethics in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 1-12.
Chapter 5. Religion, Philosophy, and the Absolute.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 81-100.
A note on Primary texts.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
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Chapter 3. Culture War and the Appeal to Authority.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 35-53.
Chapter 2. Tragedy and the Social Construction of Norms.Molly Farneth - 2017 - In Molly B. Farneth (ed.), Hegel's Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 13-34.

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