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Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right
A Critical Guide


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David James, Frederick Neuhouser, Stephen Houlgate, Allen W. Wood, Dean Moyar, Kimberly Hutchings, Andrew Buchwalter, Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch, Frank Ruda, Ludwig Siep
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107434929

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  • Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right, one of the classic texts of German Idealism, is a seminal work of legal, social and political philosophy that has generated very different interpretations since its publication in 1821. Written with the advantage of historical distance, the essays in this volume adopt a fresh perspective that makes readers aware of the breadth and depth of this classic work. The themes of the essays reflect the continuing relevance of the text, and include Hegel's method, the concept of property, Hegel's view of morality, the concept of Sittlichkeit, the modern family, the nature and tensions of civil society, and the question of the modernity of the Hegelian state. The volume will be of interest to all scholars and students of German Idealism and the history of political thought.

    • A collection of essays that reflect the continuing relevance of Hegel's text
    • The essays are written by an international team of Hegel scholars
    • Focusses on key themes of interest to readers of Hegel's work
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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107434929
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: freedom and history in Hegel's 'philosophy of right' David James
    1. The method of the 'philosophy of right' Frederick Neuhouser
    2. Property, use and value in Hegel's 'philosophy of right' Stephen Houlgate
    3. Hegel on morality Allen W. Wood
    4. Hegelian conscience as reflective equilibrium and the organic justification of 'sittlichkeit' Dean Moyar
    5. Living the contradictions: wives, husbands and children in Hegel's 'philosophy of right' Kimberly Hutchings
    6. 'The ethicality in civil society': bifurcation, 'bildung' and Hegel's supersession of the aporias of social modernity Andrew Buchwalter
    7. Why ethical life is fragile: rights, markets and states in Hegel's 'philosophy of right' Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch
    8. That which makes itself: Hegel, rabble and consequences Frank Ruda
    9. Practical necessity and the 'logic' of civil society David James
    10. How modern is the Hegelian state? Ludwig Siep

  • Editor

    David James, University of Warwick
    David James is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. His publications include Fichte's Republic: Idealism, History and Nationalism (Cambridge, 2015), Rousseau and German Idealism: Freedom, Dependence and Necessity (Cambridge, 2013), and Fichte's Social and Political Philosophy: Property and Virtue (Cambridge, 2011). He is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Fichte (with Günter Zöller, Cambridge, 2016).


    David James, Frederick Neuhouser, Stephen Houlgate, Allen W. Wood, Dean Moyar, Kimberly Hutchings, Andrew Buchwalter, Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch, Frank Ruda, Ludwig Siep

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