Freedom and Solidarity: Some Remarks in Light of the Contemporary Reception of Hegel


  • Filipe Campello University of Pernambuco (UFPE)



Emotions, Theories of Justice, Hegel, Ethical Life, Social Justice


This paper has in view the relationship between emotions and justice which has been increasingly found in the literature in the past years. The core idea we find in this debate is that the descriptive validity of a social theory depends on the analyses of the constitutive role of emotions on social spheres. On the other hand, I want to suggest that Hegel can contribute towards a “normative” potential of those analyses through the approach of the formative character of institutions, oriented by what can be understood as the institutional mediation of individual freedom through the idea of socially inclusive, “decentralized will”. In this paper, I will focus on the discussion of these ideas regarding the civil society, where I develop my argument in three short steps. Firstly, I will briefly suggest in what sense Hegel could help us in discussing the relation between ethical life (“Sittlichkeit”) and affective relations. In a second step I will point out a specific emotional component in the sphere of civil society, namely, the relationship between passions and interests. Finally, I will connect this idea to a peculiarity based on Hegel’s model of solidarity – as we find in the work of Axel Honneth - related to the concept of the formation of Will (“Willensbildung”), arguing that solidarity depends not only on rational guided actions, but also in how far an institutional framework enables a volitional dimension that is justified, on one hand, by the satisfaction of individual needs and, on the other, by the sentiment of cooperation.

Biografia do Autor

Filipe Campello, University of Pernambuco (UFPE)

Filipe Campello is Professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil). He obtained, under the supervision of Axel Honneth and Christoph Menke, the doctoral degree of Philosophy at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His publications include: Axel Honneth y la renovación de la Teoría Critica (In: Diálogos de pensamiento critico); Love, Society and Agape: An Interview with Axel Honneth, European Journal of Social Theory (with Gennaro Iorio); and Die Natur der Sittlichkeit: Grundlagen einer Theorie der Institutionen nach Hegel, Transcript Verlag (in preparation).