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Freedom and ReflectionHegel and the Logic of Agency$
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Christopher Yeomans

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794522.001.0001

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The Problem of Expression as the Problem of Reflection

The Problem of Expression as the Problem of Reflection

(p.36) 2 The Problem of Expression as the Problem of Reflection
Freedom and Reflection

Christopher Yeomans

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an interpretation to substantiate the claim that the problem of expression has a specific logical form for Hegel, and that this form is essentially concerned with forms of internality and externality. The chapter traces the development of this problem through the first book of the Logic, the Doctrine of Being, and shows how the problem is best articulated through the concept of reflection in the Doctrine of Essence. Then it proceeds to show how an important aspect of Hegel's theory of reflection – the idea that reflection creates its object in such a way that the object has an independence qua reflective – plays an important role in the development of Hegel's moral psychology as opposed to that of Kant.

Keywords:   Hegel, reflection, Doctrine of Being, Doctrine of Essence, moral psychology, Kant, expression

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