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The Actual and the RationalHegel and Objective Spirit$
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Jean-Francois Kervegan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226023809

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226023946.001.0001

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“Citoyen” versus “Bourgeois”?

“Citoyen” versus “Bourgeois”?

The Quest for the “Spirit of the Whole”

(p.121) 4 “Citoyen” versus “Bourgeois”?
The Actual and the Rational

Jean-François Kervégan

, Daniela Ginsburg, Martin Shuster
University of Chicago Press

From Rousseau's opposition of "bourgeois" and "citoyen", this chapter interprets the transformations of Hegel's own conception of the relation between citizenship and private existence as an awareness of the insurmountable specificity of the modern world. Henceforth, the requirements of citizenship do not run counter to the interests of the private men: they are based on them.

Keywords:   citizenship, bourgeois, Roussseau, Kant, modernity

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