This interplay is itself recognized and honoured as a ‘look’ of freedom constituting the We of civil society. This We is still an abstract kind of We because it is an immediate, spontaneous outgrowth of the abstractly universal form of freedom residing in personhood. Nevertheless, the individuals are freely bound to this interplay, belong to it, find themselves and their selves as mirror reflections in it, and so affirm the interplay itself as realization of their own freedom. Civil society is therefore not merely abstract (because of its basis in abstract personhood), but is a concrete way of social living, a way in which the universal breaks down into endlessly complex, particular parts. Moreover, as a complex, concrete form of free interplay ...

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