Insight and Attitude: on Hegel, Morality, and Law
with: Karen Robertson 
Time: Saturday, May 30th , 3:00 pm - 6:00pm

Location: "5170" OISE Building, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West,Toronto, ON

Insight and attitude:on Hegel, Morality, and Law-First Part: Lecture

 Second Part: Answer to questions 



Karen Robertson is Associate Professor of  Philosophy in Trent University  Please check her page below:
Karen Robertson Profile at Trent University

Karen explains about her talk:
Human contexts demand that we negotiate between our interests and the interests of others, and this negotiation has different demands in different context; the demands I face as, for example, a friend, family member, or teammate, differ from the demands I face as a legal subject or home owner. While in both contexts, we depend on others to enable (or undermine) the possibilities that define us as individuals, the nature of these different contexts require that we attend differently to our interdependence. Hegel’s discussion of “Morality” in the Philosophy of Right demonstrates that we fail to recognize the significance of interpersonal relationships so long as we negotiate such relationships with recourse to an abstract sense of the good. Meanwhile, as Hegel details in the Encyclopaedia, our participation in public, political life requires precisely that we respond to what is “universal” and that we recognize embodiments of this universality—Law and its supporting institutions—as appropriate to a shared world. Through a comparison of these two domains, we will consider the significance of our subjective attitudes towards our inter-subjectively constituted contexts, focusing especially on (a) the relationship between our attitudes and the quality of our insights and perception and on (b) the relationship between insight and perception, on the one hand, and the meaningful realization of personal and political freedom, on the other hand

Please read the following texts for this session:

1. Hegel. Elements of the Philosophy of Right. Passages: 133,134, 136-139.

2. Hegel. Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences. Passages: 488-491, 538, 539.


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