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At this time Hegel uses something that he communicated about earlier but in a new manner and new relationship. Previously, he did discuss ethics, particularly as they occur in society. However, in those chapters he referred to laws and customs. He did provide some information about the divine versus human regulatory contrasts when he wrote about the family in contrast with the state as the source of governance in individuals.

Given all of that, Hegel at this time takes readers into morality. However, he broaches this in terms of a form of consciousness in itself.

The number one quality that emerges in this part of Hegel's study is "duty." Within this context, the fulfillment of duty, often enough to one's family or to one's nation, is the...

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