PHIL 393
Hegel: Freedom and History
Last Offered Fall 2006
Division II
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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Hegel pointed out that although freedom is one of our highest values, it is “open to the greatest misconceptions.” This remains true today: although appeals to freedom are used to justify governments, institutions, policies, and practices (and to sell cars, soft drinks, and rock-n-roll), those making and responding to such appeals rarely thematize freedom explicitly, much less adequately. This has the ironic (and perhaps dangerous) consequence of making our culture one in which people follow appeals to freedom unfreely, without knowing what freedom is or why it is worth pursuing.
This course will begin with the Philosophy of Right, in which Hegel critiques the most powerful “misconceptions” of freedom (those of liberalism and Kant), and develops a new conception that grounds his own social and political philosophy. We will then read the Philosophy of History, in which Hegel interprets history as the temporal process whereby humans come to understand their freedom and actualize it in the world.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 1077
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers, one longer paper, regular and active participation
Prerequisites: Philosophy 101, or Philosophy 102
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives

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