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The right of free will: Hegel on creation and property

Goran Vranešević orcid id ; Oddelek za filozofijo, Filozofska fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani, Slovenija

Puni tekst: hrvatski pdf 332 Kb

str. 31-42

preuzimanja: 426



The article highlights the role of property in the establishment of free will. Human freedom is usually understood as individual’s capacity for arbitrary decision- making. While it seems that we are dealing with conscious actions, actions where we are closest to ourselves, we nonetheless remain unaware of the causes whereby these actions are determined. But instead of reconciling the age old divide between freedom and necessity, our aim is to expound how the logic of freedom is immanently bound to the necessity to go outside oneself. Hegel was not the first to demonstrate this logic, but was the most consistent in laying out the idea of freedom as self-othering. For him, being a free person, subject, means to externalize our will into a non-independent extraneous things and thereby obtain ownership over them. Freedom is therefore not an individual quality, but a societal principle as property rights can only exist in intersubjective relationships. In this context, the following question comes to the fore: how is in circumstances where subjectivity is a product of ownership still possible to create something out of nothing?

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G. W. F. Hegel, right, property, subject, creation, negation

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