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Hegel and Moral Responsibility


It is a truism that the philosophic outlook of any age determines the political, economic and social outlook of that age. Hegelianism was once the dominant philosophy in Europe and thus, determined that period. For Hegel, the Absolute Mind which unfolded in various forms and stages was above the demands of objective morality. This paper attempts to hold Hegel on this and vehemently argues against this. Hence, no matter how the Absolute Spirit arrests any individual or nation, such is very much accountable for its actions and inactions. In this regard then, the  paper condemns all the atrocities committed by both the historical individuals and historical nations of Hegel and calls for redressing of such actions by way of apologies, reparation and investments.


Keywords: Africa, Hegel, Historical individuals, Historical nations, Moral responsibility

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