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Uncivil UnionsThe Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism$
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Adrian Daub

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226136936

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226136950.001.0001

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Marriage and Mediation: The Product among the Idealists

Marriage and Mediation: The Product among the Idealists

(p.177) Chapter Five Marriage and Mediation: The Product among the Idealists
Uncivil Unions
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This chapter concentrates on Friedrich Schleiermacher. It illustrates how G. W. F. Hegel gradually came to abandon the central premises of the early Idealist metaphysics of marriage and instead empowered the product that had haunted his early Idealist colleagues. Schleiermacher viewed the existence of a tertium comparationis with suspicion, as it reminds him of the atomism of civil society. In the period immediately following Schleiermacher's works on love and community, Hegel appeared to turn away from questions of love and community altogether. It is noted, while Hegel's philosophy as a whole shifted away from the erotic philosophy of his Frankfurt years, questions of love and family remained. His account of love in the Philosophy of Right barely differed at all from that provided in his early writings. Alongside the distinction between love and marriage, language reentered the picture in Hegel's discussion of the family.

Keywords:   marriage, Friedrich Schleiermacher, G. W. F. Hegel, Idealist, love, community, family, Philosophy of Right

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