Mark Alznauer*

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In this chapter, I provide an overview of Hegel’s account of guilt (Schuld) with particular attention to its logical background (the “inner-outer problem” in the Science of Logic) and its historical background (the aftermath of the French Revolution). Hegel’s main worry is that our characteristically modern conviction that individuals can only be rightly held accountable for what they have done knowingly and willingly creates a potential breach between the subjective realm of insight and motive and the objectivity of the external deed, jeopardizing our capacity to hold each other guilty for rights violations. I show how his social reconceptualization of action is intended to respond to this concern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Responsibility
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000990126
ISBN (Print)9781032252391
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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