The reality of reason: Hegel and the problem of power


  • Georg Zenkert Escuela Superior de Pedagogía de Heidelberg
  • Carlos Emel Rendón Universidad de Antioquia



Power, reason, philosophy, humanities


The philosophical foundation of power that from Plato's work on has meant to link power and reason faces several apories questioning the consideration of rationality as depending on power. A priori identifying power with reason, as much as separating them, does not show the implicit paradox of power as phenomenon: The fact that through it is historically born as a means of exerting control on the predominant violence of the 'State of Nature, there is a moment when it recurs to the very brute force as a main way to legitimare itself.  The Political philosophy held by Hegel, which mantains the needs of continual mediation by the institutionalized power and the collective rationality, constitutes a way to overcome the aforementioned paradox.

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Zenkert, G., & Emel Rendón, C. (1999). The reality of reason: Hegel and the problem of power. Estudios De Filosofía, (19-20), 207–227.



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