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Hegel's Theory of Normativity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 June 2016

MARK ALZNAUER*
Affiliation:
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITYm-alznauer@northwestern.edu

Abstract:

This essay offers an interpretation of Hegel's theory of normativity according to which normative evaluation is primarily a matter of a thing's answerability to its own constitutive norms. I show that natural and spiritual norms correspond to two different species of normative evaluation for Hegel, two categorically distinct ways something can violate its own constitutive norms. I conclude with some general reflections on the relationship between normativity and ontology in Hegel's system.

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