The Expansion of Autonomy: Hegel's Pluralistic Philosophy of Action

2015.08.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Yeomans, The Expansion of Autonomy: Hegel's Pluralistic Philosophy of Action, Oxford University Press, 2015, 228pp.,
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2015.08.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Yeomans, The Expansion of Autonomy: Hegel's Pluralistic Philosophy of Action, Oxford University Press, 2015, 228pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199394548. Reviewed by Franz Knappik, Humboldt University, Berlin One of the philosophical projects that Hegel is most famous for is his critical development of Kant's theory of freedom as autonomy into an account on which the full realization of freedom requires the shared, institutionalized "ethical life" of modern states. While this part of Hegel's philosophy has always attracted considerable scholarly attention, relatively little has been written so far about how, on Hegel's account, determinate social institutions exactly shape and guide the agency of their individual members and thus enable them to realize freedom. Christopher Yeomans sets out to investigate this question by focusing on Hegel's theory of the estates, i.e. of the professional groups. . .

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