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the living already seems to exhibit a basic type of spontaneity and normativity that on the other hand still has to be superseded on the path to the freedom and normativity of spirit.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
Thomas Khurana is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex and holds a Heisenberg Scholarship at Yale University. Recent publications: Sinn und Gedächtnis (Munich 2007); Philosophies of Life (Special Section in Constellations 18 (2011), co-edited with Ch. Menke); “Paradoxes of Autonomy,” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 17 (2013).
The Freedom of Life: An Introduction
Life, Self-Consciousness, Negativity: Understanding Hegel’s Speculative Identity Thesis
Life and Mind
Kant and Hegel on Teleology and Life from the Perspective of Debates about Free Will
Life and Autonomy: Forms of Self-Determination in Kant and Hegel
Negativity, Life, and the Body: Some Reflections on Hegel’s “Lordship and Bondage”
On Becoming Ethical: The Emergence of Freedom in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right