Greek Moral Vocabulary: ‘Shame is the greatest compulsion’

  • Allegra de Laurentiis


The theory of spirit’s ‘experience’ from the Phenomenology describes this experience as spirit’s movement from a ‘substantial form’, in which it is an objective content of consciousness, towards a ‘conceptual form’, in which it is a subjective self-reflection of consciousness. Hegel summarizes this complex evolution in the chapter on Absolute Knowing as a theory of spirit’s transformation from its ‘In-itself into the For-itself, of substance into subject, of the object of consciousness into object of self-consciousness, that is, into a … sublated object, or into the Concept.’2


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  1. 4.
    Allan Bloom’s commentary on relevant passages in the Politeia (A. Bloom, The Republic of Plato, New York: Basic Books, 1968).Google Scholar
  2. 30.
    See I. Kant, Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklaerung? (1784). Kants gesammelte Schriften, vol. 8, p. 35.Google Scholar
  3. 67.
    The lectures at issue here are those of the year 1825–6. I quote this passage in the translation by T.M. Knox and A.V. Miller, G.W.F. Hegel. Introduction to the Lectures on the History of Philosophy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985), p. 75. I have replaced ‘law’ with ‘right’ for Hegel’s Recht.Google Scholar
  4. 83.
    For textual examples see Dover (1974) p. 170 ff. and the works cited there: V. Ehrenberg, The People of Aristophanes (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1974) and F. Egerman, Vom attischen Menschenbild (Munich, Kommissionsverlag Filser, 1952).Google Scholar

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