33rd International Hegel Congress (JUN 2021)
Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
In 2020 the international community of Hegel researchers celebrates two anniversaries: on the one hand the 250th birthday of G.W.F. Hegel, on the other hand, the 200th anniversary of the publication of The Philosophy of Right. These two anniversaries provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the main concept of Hegelian philosophy – freedom – in all its aspects. Not only in The Philosophy of Right, but consistently throughout his philosophical work, Hegel describes two moments of human existence as ”most deeply” his ”own”: thinking and freedom. Freedom of the self-consciousness, which already manifests itself as the negative freedom of thinking, able to abstract from all its objects, is described and analysed in Hegel’s philosophy in its various and complex manifestations as: formal-legal, moral, aesthetic, economic, ethical and civic freedom. According to Hegel, each form of freedom has its own right and one of the most important tasks of philosophy is to conceptualise the forms of this right of freedom. The constellations of freedom, right and thinking create the general conceptual framework for the Congress.
Although at first glance the topic might appeal mainly to those researchers who deal with Hegel's practical philosophy (his legal and political theory, political and social philosophy, and aesthetics), it is aimed at Hegel’s entire oeuvre. Therefore, we welcome presentations which take up various aspects of Hegel’s understanding of freedom both in his practical and theoretical philosophy. We put important questions up for debate:

•How is, generally, the relation between freedom and thinking to be understood?
•What role does the moment of freedom play in the structure of Hegelian logic?
•What constitutes the freedom of spirit, which seems to function as the inner motor of the successive forms of consciousness and knowledge in the Phenomenology?
•Is there freedom in nature – the “Other“ of spirit – or is it only in the sphere of culture and Bildung, as its very own element?
•In what sense can history be understood as the development of the consciousness of freedom?
•What are the anthropological grounds of human freedom?
•How does the freedom of the believer and the community of believers express itself within the philosophy of religion?
•What role does freedom play in the artistic work, according to Hegelian aesthetics?
These and other questions outline the broad fields of the forms of freedom that are revealed in Hegel's complex work.