They give up their natural and private personality to enter a

They give up their natural and private personality to enter a

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Scott Welch 28 April 05 Classical German Political Philosophy Dr. Kinlaw The Family “They give up their natural and private personality to enter a unity, which may be regarded as a limitation, but, since in it they attain to a substantive self-consciousness, is really their liberation.” In the book, Philosophy of Right, Georg W.F. Hegel makes the previous statement. The purpose of it is to show how marriage, marital property and children prove to be the foundations for society. These thoughts are thoroughly represented and direct the reader to relate the concept of family transitioning into community. The focus of this essay will be on Hegel’s description of marriage, property of and children being the final link for unity within the family. Hegel begins the section on family with a statement that reads, “The family is the direct substantive reality of spirit.” The thought here represents an individual allowing their true being to become united with another being. This follows the same line of thinking previously learned in the readings of Fichte. In order to truly be an autonomous being, or in Hegel’s mind a complete person, one must first be willing to accept there exists a being of equal independence. Hegel says that the foundation for this substantive reality is a feeling, and the feeling he gives is “love.” Hegel admits there is a contradiction with the unity formed through love. Which is shown as the opposition for an independent being, one actually accomplishes to fulfill their independence by relinquishing previously desired independent existence for the
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
aspiration of a relationship with another being. The significance of this contradiction is understood best as the willful abandonment of self serving autonomy, only to fulfill a more purposeful existence in the form of unity. Hegel says of the contradiction, “Love is both the source and solution of this contradiction. As a solution it is an ethical union.” His statement leads the reader into his first of three phases for a completed family, marriage. (A) Marriage: In marriage the union between two independent beings takes place. The union itself is recognized, by Hegel with the following definition, “marriage is to be defined more exactly as a legal ethical love.” The keywords in this definition are legal, ethical and love. They represent different aspects of a marriage, in which the absence of any one of them presents the marriage as a failure in terms of completeness. Each of these words needs to be more carefully examined and put into context as to why they represent a complete marriage.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern