In Susanne Herrmann-Sinai & Lucia Ziglioli (eds.), Hegel's Philosophical Psychology. Abingdon / New York: Routledge. pp. 127–152 (2016)

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Susanne Herrmann-Sinai
Oxford University
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This paper argues that the passages on practical spirit within Hegel's 'Psychology' are able to enrich the picture of Hegel's account of intentional action by providing us with a genuine discussion of 'subjective action.' This kind of intentional activity is not yet part of moral or legal philosophy, and it is neutral as regards the question how an action becomes actually manifest in the world as a 'deed', potentially causing unintended consequences. Instead, subjective action consists in the teleological, end-pursuing action of an agent acting on drives and wilfully choosing ends, which are practical as the causa finalis of an agent's doing. Thus, the 'Psychology' investigates intentional action from the first-personal perspective of the mental activity of the subject. It is legitimately part of subjective rather than objective spirit and its socially mediated normativity is psychological rather than moral.
Keywords G.W.F. Hegel  Philosophy of Action  Philosophy of Mind  Intentional Action
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