Hegel's Theory of Normativity

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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.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-211
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the American Philosophical Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2016


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