They give up their natural and private personality to enter a

They give up their natural and private personality to enter a

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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
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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. Legal is the first word offered, and should be for it is the agreement between two people in marriage. This agreement is important for the security and ownership of the marriage. Security comes in the sense of there being a civil agreement between the two beings that one will respect and take care of the other. The ownership aspect is not
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