Philosophy and War: Hegel's Therapeutic Movement of the Spirit
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In addition to AxelHonneths thesis on the therapeuticfunction of the concept of ethical life in Hegel’s philosophy, I want to underline two moments which, to my mind, show Hegel’s views on the therapeutic dimension of both philosophy and the war against the pathology of civil society more clearly. In this context, (a) philosophy performs a corrective function by fos- tering the individual’s virtue conceived as an ethical duty of care both for oneselfand for others. The main aim of Hegel’s practical philosophy is hence to return the individual from abstract subjective concepts to his concrete everyday intersubjective practices, and to show him the way to understand himself and the social world as originally related to each other; (b) one of the 87 main problems for the moral development of individuals consists in their propensity to perceive the good in particularist and selfish terms: in this context events such as natural disasters or wars can be seen as performing a therapeutic func...tion by teaching individuals to view the good in more prin- cipled and general terms.
Keywords:therapy / spirit / practice
Source:Filozofija i društvo, 2014, 87-104
- Beograd : Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju