Single Idea 15617

[catalogued under 16. Persons / F. Free Will / 7. Compatibilism]

Full Idea

Considered as abstractly confronting one another, freedom and necessity pertain to finitude only and are valid only on its soil. A freedom with no necessity in it, and a mere necessity without freedom, are determinations that are abstract and thus untrue.

Gist of Idea

In abstraction, beyond finitude, freedom and necessity must exist together


Georg W.F.Hegel (Logic (Encyclopedia I) [1817], 35 Add)

Book Reference

Hegel,Georg W.F.: 'The Hegel Reader', ed/tr. Houlgate,Stephen [Blackwell 1998], p.149

A Reaction

This is, presumably, the Hegelian dialectical nature of things, that contradictories are bound together. We must struggle hard to undestand a freedom bound by necessity, and a necessity which contains freedom. (Good luck).