Ideas from 'Elements of the Philosophy of Right' by Georg W.F.Hegel [1821], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Elements of the Philosophy of Right' by Hegel,Georg W.F. (ed/tr Wood,Allen W.) [CUP 1991,0-521-34888-9]].

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1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 1. Nature of Wisdom
Wisdom emerges at the end of a process
16. Persons / F. Free Will / 1. Nature of Free Will
A free will primarily wills its own freedoom [Houlgate]
20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / b. Intellectualism
Evil enters a good will when we believe we are doing right, but allow no criticism of our choice [Houlgate]
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / c. Ethical intuitionism
Conscience is the right of the self to know what is right and obligatory, and thus make them true
23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 3. Universalisability
You can't have a morality which is supplied by the individual, but is also genuinely universal [MacIntyre]
23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 4. Categorical Imperative
The categorical imperative lacks roots in a historical culture [Bowie]
25. Society / B. The State / 4. Citizenship
Social groups must focus on the state, which must in turn respect their inclusion and their will
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 3. Social Freedom / a. Slavery
Slaves have no duties because they have no rights
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 3. Social Freedom / e. Freedom of lifestyle
Freedom requires us to submit to a family, or a corporation, or a state [Houlgate]
True liberal freedom to pursue something, while being free to cease the pursuit [Houlgate]
People assume they are free, but the options available are not under their control
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 5. Legal Rights / c. Property rights
Man has an absolute right to appropriate thngs
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / b. Consultation
The state should reflect all interests, and not just popular will, or a popular party [Houlgate]
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 7. Communitarianism
Moral individuals become ethical when they see the social aspect of a matter [Houlgate]
For Hegel, the moral life can only be led within a certain type of community [MacIntyre]