Hegel's Theory of Responsibility

2016.03.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Alznauer, Hegel's Theory of Responsibility, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 218pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107078123.
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2016.03.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Alznauer, Hegel's Theory of Responsibility, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 218pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107078123. Reviewed by Arto Laitinen, University of Tampere This book addresses two main topics: the nature and conditions of responsible agency (the 'status' of being responsible), and the nature and conditions of responsible action (the 'state' of being responsible for something). It argues that the main puzzles about Hegel's theory of agency and action can be satisfactory solved when we understand they are really about responsible agency and action. Alznauer holds that responsible action should not be seen as a subclass of a broader category of action, but actions are defined as those effectively willed changes in our environment that we are responsible for. This is a subclass of broader categories of practical activity and willing, but Alznauer argues that the something is "action" only when. . .

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