A Step towards reconciliation : Hegel's Antigone and ethical life

Önem, Sinem
This thesis focuses on Sophocles’ Antigone in the context of Hegel’s reference to it in describing the ancient Greek ethical life in the chapter on “Spirit” of the Phenomenology of Spirit. While evaluating the ancient Greek ethical life as a moment on the way to Spirit’s self-knowledge which dissolves through its own dialectics, Hegel describes the inherent contradictions of ancient Greek ethical life which cause its dissolution through Antigone. Antigone’s act of mourning has a central position in the context of the supersession of these contradictions. The aim of this thesis is to understand the ancient Greek ethical life as Hegel describes it and to specify Antigone’s position in this description.


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Citation Formats
S. Önem, “A Step towards reconciliation : Hegel’s Antigone and ethical life,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.