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Hegel's Social EthicsReligion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation$
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Molly Farneth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691171906

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691171906.001.0001

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Religion, Philosophy, and the Absolute

Religion, Philosophy, and the Absolute

(p.81) Chapter Five Religion, Philosophy, and the Absolute
Hegel's Social Ethics

Molly Farneth

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on Hegel's concept of absolute spirit, which refers to the collection of norms and practices in which spirit has itself for an object—the norms and practices in and through which the members of the community create, sustain, and transform spirit itself. This view of Hegel's concept of absolute spirit has both epistemological and ethical implications. It suggests that the standard of knowledge against which people's beliefs, actions, and norms are judged emerges from the social practices of the people who share a form of life. It also suggests that among these social practices ought to be rituals and other shared activities in which people recognize one another's authority and accountability.

Keywords:   G. W. F. Hegel, absolute spirit, norms, epistemology, ethical implications, social practices, authority, accountability

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