For a Critique of Modern Rationalism. Revolutionary Terror in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit


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Giovanni Maria Mascaretti
University of Kurdistan Hewlêr
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The essay explores the philosophical concept of fear as it appears in the chapter of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit entitled Absolute Freedom & Terror , dedicated to the analysis of the French Revolution. The aim of the essay is to show Hegel’s critique against the abstract logic of modern political rationalism implied by the Revolution itself. This critique finds its base in a new productive concept of fear, which, in the form of Terror [ Schrecken ], represents the dialectic driving force for the affirmation of the freedom of Spirit.
Keywords Freedom  Hegel  French Revolution  Fear  Terror
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