Hegelian Ethics

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188 pp., paperback, 1969 edition, preface, notes, bibliography, Key Texts

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Hegelian Ethics

Walsh, W. H.

Walsh’s study is based on a comparison of Hegel with Kant. Examining their methods, the scope of their ethical theories, and their views as to the content of ethics, he concludes that, while Hegel worked with a moral psychology very different from Kant’s, his ethical theory should not be dismissed for that reason. Walsh explains how Hegel sought in his own ethical theory to overcome the deficiencies of Kantian ethics, first in his early writings through the notion of a morality of love, and then in his mature system by means of the conception of “concrete ethics” (sittlichkeit).

“Walsh . . . brilliantly performs a feat of brevity in exposition.” –Philosophical Quarterly