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The owl of Minerva only flies at dusk, but to where? A reply to critics

Ypi, Lea (2013) The owl of Minerva only flies at dusk, but to where? A reply to critics. Ethics and Global Politics, 6 (2). pp. 117-134. ISSN 1654-4951

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Identification Number: 10.3402/egp.v6i2.21628


The quote that inspires a part of my title will be familiar to most readers. In the concluding paragraphs of the Preface to his Philosophy of Right, Hegel examines the role of philosophy in prescribing principles on how the world ought to be. ‘When philosophy paints its grey in grey’, Hegel writes, citing a part of Goethe’s Faust, 'A shape of life has grown old, and it cannot be rejuvenated, but only recognized by the grey in grey of philosophy; the owl of Minerva begins its flight only when the shadows of night are gathering.'

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Government
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 14:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:40

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