European Journal of Philosophy 28 (1):93-109 (2020)

Gal Katz
Columbia University
The paper develops a conception of marital love as a complex recognitive relation, which I articulate by juxtaposing it against other recognitive relations that figure in Hegel's theory of modern civil society (i.e., respect and esteem). Drawing on Hegel's early writings, I argue that, if love is to provide its unique sort of recognition, it must obtain between “living beings who are equal in power”—a peculiar form of equality that I name (drawing on Stanley Cavell's work) “dynamic equality.” I conclude that it is by Hegel's own lights that we should reject his notorious conception of the sexual difference. However, I also offer reasons why, from Hegel's early 19th century perspective, he could consider the following two conditions as compatible: (1) equality within marriage and (2) sexual hierarchy outside marriage, namely, in civil society.
Keywords Hegel  Post Kantian Philosophy  Love  Moral Psychology  Stanley Cavell  Recognition  Social Philosophy  Esteem  Marriage  Ethics
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DOI 10.1111/ejop.12423
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