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Hegel’s Discovery of the Philosophy of Spirit

Autonomy, Alienation, and the Ethical Life: The Jena Lectures 1802–1806


Part of the Renewing Philosophy book series (REP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pini Ifergan
    Pages 1-13
  3. Pini Ifergan
    Pages 116-156
  4. Pini Ifergan
    Pages 157-226
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-253

About this book


This exploration of Hegel's critique of the individualistic ethos of modernity and the genesis of his alternative vision traces the conceptual schemes Hegel experimented with to show how he settled on the concepts of 'ethical life' (Sittlichkeit) and Spirit as the means for overcoming subjectivity and domination.


GWF Hegel The Jena Writings Alienation Ethical Life Philosophy of Spirit Fichte Hölderlin Modernity Tragedy autonomy concept consciousness critique culture ethics Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Hegel individual philosophy subject

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bar Ilan UniversityIsrael

About the authors

Pini Ifergan teaches philosophy at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Author of The Tragedy in Ethical Life: Hegel's Philosophy and the Spirit of Modernity (2010), he has also edited, annotated, and written interpretive introductions for Hebrew translations of several philosophical classics, including Hegel's Philosophy of Right (2011) and Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate (2005); and Kant's Conflict of the Faculties (2007). He is currently working on a book about the philosophy of Hans Blumenberg.

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