Thursday, August 17, 2017

Finishing Up The Ethical Action Section

We're now at the end of the second sub-section of the first big section of the Spirit portion of the Phenomenology. What this effectively brings to a close is the entire dynamic of the two ethical powers - Human Law and Divine Law - and, as always, that means that we are moving into something new.

It also brings to its conclusion Hegel's interpretation of the classical Oedipus cycle (notice, not the Oedipus complex), which plays such a significant role in many of the paragraphs of this section.

Really, what Hegel is doing is moving away from the ethical community as that of the city-state - whether that of ancient Thebes, or Athens, or the Roman Republic - a community in which there is some scope for these two ethical powers or laws, and their human representatives, to work out what the Ethical involves.  And in return - as we'll see in the paragraphs in the next section - we're moving into a different kind of social matrix, and thereby a different kind (and meaning) of individuality.

Here are the three paragraphs that finish up this part of the text.

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