Thomas Khurana (Hg.)

The Freedom of Life

Hegelian Perspectives

Freiheit und Gesetz III

Mit Texten von Matthias Haase, Thomas Khurana, James Kreines, Catherine Malabou, Karen Ng und Sally Sedgwick

For post-Kantian philosophy, “life” is a transitory concept that relates the realm of nature to the realm of freedom. From this vantage point, the living seems to have the double character of being both already and not yet free: Compared with the external necessity of dead nature, the living already seems to exhibit a basic type of spontaneity and normativity that on the other hand still has to be superseded on the path to the freedom and normativity of spirit. The contributions in the third volume of the series Freedom and Law take their departure from Hegel in order to investigate the extent to which we need figures and concepts of the living to understand the genesis and structure of theoretical and practical self-determination. In these analyses, Hegel’s philosophy reveals itself as a thinking not restricted to a mere opposition between the determinations of life and the freedom of spirit, but rather conceives of a freedom that realizes itself in and through life: a freedom of life.


» Emanuel John in der Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur 2.1

ist Professor für Philosophie an der Universität Potsdam. Buchveröffentlichungen: Die
Dispersion des Unbewussten
(2002); Sinn und Gedächtnis. Die Zeitlichkeit des Sinns und
die Figuren ihrer Reflexion
(2007); Das Leben der Freiheit. Form und Wirklichkeit der





The Freedom of Life: An Introduction

Thomas Khurana


Life, Self-Consciousness, Negativity: Understanding Hegel’s Speculative Identity Thesis

Karen Ng


Life and Mind

Matthias Haase


Kant and Hegel on Teleology and Life from the Perspective of Debates about Free Will

James Kreines


Life and Autonomy: Forms of Self-Determination in Kant and Hegel

Thomas Khurana


Negativity, Life, and the Body: Some Reflections on Hegel’s “Lordship and Bondage”

Catherine Malabou


On Becoming Ethical: The Emergence of Freedom in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

Sally Sedgwick


Notes on the Contributors