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[These two sections introduce you to the topic and the procedure of the book.]
[Kant’s absolute, the Categorical Imperative, commands acting only on universalizable reasons, reasons everyone can act on without entailing self-contradiction or collective self-destruction. He argues it is reason that demands universalizability and makes us free-willed, but only somewhere...
[Though Hegel historicizes morality, he finds a normative absolute in what he calls the absolute right of the world spirit, the spirit of the most advanced and most powerful society. As we can only retrospectively know which society incarnated the world spirit, his claim allowed politicians to...
[Kant and Hegel found an absolute value in rationality: in acting on universalizable reasons and in obeying the world spirit or the spheres of objective and absolute spirit. Heidegger rejects this conception of rationality and argues that authenticity is the crucial necessary condition of...
[Our three authors share the idea that rationality or what Hegel the sociologist and Heidegger consider its core, authenticity, is unconditionally obliging because rejecting it entails losing what makes us specifically human, our ability to distinguish between valid and invalid. The problem in...
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