Single Idea 21790

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 7. Communitarianism / a. Communitarianism]

Full Idea

The moral individual becomes an ethical individual when he recognises that his own voice need not always utter the last word on a given matter, but should be understood as participating in ongoing social and political practices.

Gist of Idea

Moral individuals become ethical when they see the social aspect of a matter


report of Georg W.F.Hegel (Elements of the Philosophy of Right [1821]) by Stephen Houlgate - An Introduction to Hegel 08 'Freedom'

Book Reference

Houlgate,Stephen: 'An Introduction to Hegel' [Blackwell 2005], p.197

A Reaction

This is a key idea in Hegel, and is seen (by Charles Taylor etc) as the foundations of modern communitarianism.

Related Idea

Idea 21788 The moral will is self-determining, but the ethical will is met in society [Houlgate]