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Spirit, the family, and the unconscious in Hegel's philosophy
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Albany : State University of New York Press, c2009.


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xii, 264 p.
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Investigates the role of family in Hegel's phenomenology.

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Ciavatta (Ryerson Univ.) has written an insightful, provocative book that draws connections between Hegel's work on family and feeling and later developments in contemporary Continental thought (e.g., hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, and existentialism). The author examines the Hegelian process of recognition within the confines of family life. Hegel sees mutual recognition as constitutive of the self and the world, and he sees the institution of the family as the immediate or felt substance of ethical life. The book's final two chapters are original contributions to Hegel scholarship and to studies of the family. The first of these explores how family life structures and informs the experiences of human beings in ways that most often are unnoticed. The final chapter describes the collective dimension of family property that is a counterpoint to the individualistic account of property described in Hegel's Philosophy of Right (in "Abstract Right"). This collective understanding of property sheds light on the dialectical movement from the institution of the family through the civil society, which is more individualistic, to the universal, rational state. This volume will be useful for graduate students, Hegel scholars, and those interested in social philosophy as it pertains to family. Summing Up: Recommended. Interested upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. J. M. Tilley Georgetown College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note on the Textsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part I Recognition, Spirit, Ethicality
1 The Phenomenology of the Intersubjective Worldp. 17
Part II The Ethical Autonomy of the Family
Introductionp. 55
2 The Family in the Phenomenology of Spirit: The Ethics of Non-Substitutabilityp. 61
3 The Family in the Philosophy of Right: The Ethics of Familiarity and Intercorporealityp. 91
Part III The Affective Basis of Familial Ethicality
Introductionp. 113
4 Feeling at Home in the Familial Worldp. 121
5 Being in Rapport with the Otherp. 147
Part IV Family Property as the Materiality of Recognition
6 Incorporating Things into the Life of Spiritp. 173
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 257