Concepts of Normativity: Kant or Hegel?


The influence of Kant’s understanding of morality is too strong to be ignored. Hegel, however, fundamentally criticized Kant for offering merely a ‘formal’ model of normativity that cannot sufficiently comprehend human action as free. Instead, Hegel argues in his doctrine of ethical life ( Sittlichkeit) that the embeddedness of the acting subject must be taken into account when identifying normativity. Yet the issue of normativity in Kant and Hegel remains contested even today, not least due to the misunderstandings of their conceptions of the topic. The present volume explores developments within recent scholarship which enable a better understanding of the concept of normativity in the thought of Kant and Hegel.

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Christian Krijnen (PhD 2001, habilitation 2006) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands). In his numerous monographs and articles, Kant, Hegel, neo-Kantianism, and contemporary transcendental philosophy play a major role.
List of Contributors

1 Introduction
Christian Krijnen
2 Being at Home with Oneself in the Whole—Hegel’s Philosophy of Freedom as Actuality
Christian Hofmann
3 Hegel’s Radicalization of Kant’s Copernican Turn: the Internal Unity of the Natural and the Moral Law
Paul Cobben
4 The Religion of the God-Man: Hegel’s Account of Revealed Religion in the Phenomenology of Spirit
Arthur Kok
5 The Reality of Value as a Problem of Kantian Ethics
Martin Bunte
6 Foundations of Normativity
Max Gottschlich
7 Hegel über die logischen Grundlagen der Sittlichkeit
Klaus Vieweg
8 How is Practical Philosophy Speculatively Possible?
Christian Krijnen
9 The Normative Function of the Right of Objectivity in Hegel’s Theory of Imputation
Giulia Battistoni
10 Freedom from Kant to Hegel
Christian Schmidt
11 Justification of the State: Kant and Hegel
Jiří Chotaš
12 Hegel’s Republican Penal Philosophy: An Attempt at a Contemporary Reconstruction
Benno Zabel
13 History as the Progress in the (Un)Consciousness of Freedom?
Tereza Matějčková
14 Is there any Philosophy of History?
Jean-François Kervégan
15 “Freedom in the European sense”: Hegel on Action, Heroes, and Europe’s Philosophical Groundwork
Alberto L. Siani

All interested in the philosophy of Kant, German idealism, neo-Kantianism, and post-war transcendental philosophy. Anyone concerned with the conception of normativity in German philosophy and its relevance for philosophical thought.