Pols250 winter term notes part 2 (Hegel)
Secret slide 1
o What I ought to do?
Answer provide by the institutions
Family: What duties do I have to fulfill? How do you balance these with that you
want to do? Offers you guidance on how you are to live your life.
State: Obligations to respect institutionalized properties ie. Right to property.
Many of our actions can be explained because we have thee identities in the
Secret slide 2
o Hegel on freedom part 1
“free agent is one who limits himself, but in this other is with himself”
What does it need? There is an subjective and objective condition
Secret slide 3
o Hegel on freedom part 2
Freedom as rational self-determination: captures the two elements mentioned
above. If you went with just one of them, you are an empty moral agent on the
one in which you are missing.
Different from contract theory
locke: What form of government would free and equal people consent
to. There is an account that there are free people and they consent t a
free government. In SON you are free.
Hegel: social constitutions play a vital role in shaping us as free and
rational individuals. No free agents in SON. State plays a formative role
in shaping your identity-liberals viewed this as straining peoples
freedom. Says there is no free individual prior to the state.
Secret slide 4
o Objections to freedom
Doesn’t have intuitive traction (doesn’t match with liberty)
Imposes a split personality on human beings (two distinct selves- rational vs.
Opens door to authoritarianism (allows