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Aesthetic Reflection: Hegel, Art and the Citizen's Disposition

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Abstract

Although best known for his political philosophy, the philosopher G.W.F. Hegel actually claimed that individuals' political lives must be supplemented by aesthetic reflection. Art, he suggested, allows the individual to reflect on her role as a citizen subject to objective laws. Hegel claims that literature best facilitates political reflection in the modern world: only in literature can tensions between individual freedom and state control be adequately portrayed. This article connects Hegel's aesthetic and political theory through analyzing Hegel's Aesthetics and the literature he discusses.

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Arts and Humanities

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