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Finding freedom : Hegelian philosophy and the emancipation of women /
Sara MacDonald
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Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2008
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xii, 156 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
0773533753, 9780773533752
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imprint
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2008
isbn
0773533753
9780773533752
catalogue key
6472237
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [139]-144) and index
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"In using elements of Hegel's aesthetics to criticize the political assertions of The Philosophy of Right, MacDonald is taking up an important and underused strategy." Jeffrey A. Gauthier, University of Portland "Clear, well-written and solidly researched Founded in Freedom puts forward an original thesis concerning Hegel's view of women and the family." Paul Franco, Bowdoin College
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Sara MacDonald demonstrates how the logic of Hegel's philosophy necessitates the political and civil freedom of both men and women.
Main Description
G.W.F. Hegel is often vilified for his conservative reactionary philosophy, particularly with respect to the rights of women. Alternatively, tracing a path through G.W.F Hegel's political thought, MacDonald demonstrates that, in fact, the logic of Hegel's argument necessitates the recognition of equal political and civil rights for all human beings.Combining a thoughtful study of Hegel's political thought with close readings of two pivotal works of literature, MacDonald's book shows how the perennial tension between fulfilled, yet diverse, personal lives and stable political communities has historically developed. While Sophocles' Antigone highlights the tension that exists in states that deny the particular interests of their citizens, MacDonald argues that an alternative image, one that admits the freedom of all humans as the grounds for an ethical family and state and one that is consistent with Hegel's thought in both the Phenomenology of Spirit and The Philosophy of Right, is offered in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.In an era of political cynicism and apathy, Finding Freedom seeks to recover the strengths of modern political life, arguing that Hegel's understanding of the true nature of human freedom, one that is based on our willing participation in rationally demonstrable goods, can be grounds for reinvigorating both the family and the political community.
Main Description
G.W.F. Hegel is often vilified for his conservative reactionary philosophy, particularly with respect to the rights of women. Alternatively, tracing a path through G.W.F Hegel's political thought, MacDonald demonstrates that, in fact, the logic of Hegel's argument necessitates the recognition of equal political and civil rights for all human beings. Combining a thoughtful study of Hegel's political thought with close readings of two pivotal works of literature, MacDonald's book shows how the perennial tension between fulfilled, yet diverse, personal lives and stable political communities has historically developed. While Sophocles' Antigone highlights the tension that exists in states that deny the particular interests of their citizens, MacDonald argues that an alternative image, one that admits the freedom of all humans as the grounds for an ethical family and state and one that is consistent with Hegel's thought in both the Phenomenology of Spirit and The Philosophy of Right, is offered in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In an era of political cynicism and apathy, Finding Freedom seeks to recover the strengths of modern political life, arguing that Hegel's understanding of the true nature of human freedom, one that is based on our willing participation in rationally demonstrable goods, can be grounds for reinvigorating both the family and the political community.
Table of Contents
A Hegelian Contradiction: Seeking a Poetic Solution
Sophocles' Antigone: A Tragic Imbalance
Hegel's Antigone: Ethical Life in the Phenomenology of Spirit
The Philosophy of Right: A New Ethical Order
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Antigone Reformed
Conclusion: Hegel in the Contemporary World
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