Essay about Hegel and The Libertarians

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Hegel and The Libertarians ABSTRACT: This paper aims to show how the Hegelian philosophy can contribute to the conceptual discussions between the two strains of contemporary ethical-political philosophy. I argue that the Hegelian political theory is of central import to the discussion between communitarians and libertarians, both in the communitarian criticism of the libertarian — mainly in Michael Sandel's criticism of Rawls — and in the Rawlsian project of a society founded in justice as equality. For if the communitarians' theoretical basis is the living of a community in terms of historical-social values, and the individualists' deontological rationality is the basis for the libertarians, Hegel's pointing to a synthetic resolution…show more content…
Given that, the Hegelian thought already points to the need of a social life's ethics reconstruction (Sittlichkeit). This life's ethics will comprehend the various individualities differences, which form, since Modernity, Western Societies. The goal of our paper is to show conceptually how the Hegelian Theory is important and lightening, in terms of a political theory, to the discussion between communitarians and libertarians; both in the communitarian criticism to the libertarian, and mainly in Michael Sandel criticism to Rawls, and in Rawlsian project of a society founded in justice as equality. For if the communitarians'theoretical basis is the living of a community in terms of historical-social values, and the individuals'deontologic rationality is the basis for the libertarians, as moral support for the harmonious living together, Hegel points to a sinthetic resolution of the two positions. It is through the social and political practices that we get to see the rational process which leads to the identity between the individual's determination and community's determination. In this way, Hegel offers the Key to us to understand the identifications between individual and community in search of a fair social life. The theory developed by Rawls turns in a connection with the Hegelian thought. This happens not because Rawls adopts the

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