Sittlichkeit and the Actuality of Freedom: On Kant and Hegel

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The relationship between Hegel’s conception of Sittlichkeit and Kant’s moral philosophy is much-discussed, highly controversial and accompanied by many misunderstandings. Relating it to Kant’s philosophy, this chapter shows that and how Hegel’s elaborations on Sittlichkeit can be understood as an attempt to comprehend the actuality of freedom in the human world. By contrast, the formalism of a Kantian approach of moral philosophy hinders it willy-nilly to comprehend the actuality, hence, the ‘fact’ of freedom properly. Hegel’s Sittlichkeit is a conception of the facticity of freedom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Hegel Handbook
EditorsMarina Bykova, Kenneth Westphal
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave / MacMillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030265977
ISBN (Print)9783030265960
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Handbooks in German Idealism (PHGI)

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