Robert Pippin, University of Chicago will present:
"Did Hegel Comprehend His Own Time in Thought? The Market in The Philosophy of Right"
The topic is how Hegel understands the ways in which the requirements of an emerging industrial capitalism raise several ethical questions in social and political philosophy, and how he tries to address those questions.
That account is embedded both in an elaborate overall systematic structure, his Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences, and in a highly differentiated account of the normative domains governed by the general concept of Recht, and makes use of a methodology and terminology that are sui generis, so the first part of the paper explains the preparation necessary to “get to” the topic.
It is especially difficult to get the problem into the proper Hegelian focus because it involves one of the most complicated issues in his philosophy, the relation between what he calls “logic,” his a priori account of the conceptual structure of reality, and his so-called “Realphilosophie,” his account of nature and spirit in the Encyclopedia and elsewhere, both of which rely on real historical developments in the sciences and a historically inflected account of human sociality.
Neither of these elements is part of what Hegel called “pure thinking,” but both of which still count for him as philosophies of nature and spirit. That preparation will allow us to ask about and assess Hegel’s evaluation of the ethical import of market economies.