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15. From Love to Recognition: Hegel’s Conception of Intersubjectivity in a Developmental-Historical Perspective

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In order to elucidate the development of how Hegel addresses recognition in the perspective of love, this chapter focuses on the text on love written in Frankfurt and the Jena Philosophy of Spirit. The first text shows clearly how love represents the key concept of intersubjectivity in Hegel's early works. In the second text, on the other hand, Hegel gradually edges recognition into the foreground of his conception of intersubjectivity, and he does so in relation to love. This text is an important document of change as a "becoming" in which recognition develops into the guiding, comprehensive socio-philosophical shape of intersubjectivity within ethical life: the shape in which it is the "opposition of the will" instead of love that the subject puts at center position. Parallel to this, love withdraws into the individual's "inner world" and into the ethical order of the family's life.

Keywords: ethical life; Frankfurt; Hegel; Phenomenology of Spirit; Philosophy of Spirit



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