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Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 11, Issue 1, Fall 2006

Ayon Roy
Pages 225-255
DOI: 10.5840/epoche200611120

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Toward a Recuperation of Hegel’s Metaphysics of Agency

This essay argues for a distinctly post-Kantian understanding of Hegel’s definition of freedom as “being at home with oneself in one’s other.” I first briefly isolate the inadequacies of some dominant interpretations of Hegelian freedom and proceed to develop a more adequate theoretical frame by turning to Theodor Adorno. Then I interpret Hegel’s notion of the freedom of the will in the Philosophy of Right in terms of his speculative metaphysics. Finally, I briefly examine Hegel’s treatment of agency in the Phenomenology of Spirit in order to establish important continuities between the early and late Hegel.

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