Foundations Of Hegel's Social Theory / Edition 1

Foundations Of Hegel's Social Theory / Edition 1

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by Frederick Neuhouser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674011244

ISBN-13: 9780674011243

Pub. Date: 03/31/2003

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The author's purpose is to understand the philosophical foundations of Hegel's social theory by articulating the normative standards at work in his claim that the three central social institutions of the modern era--the nuclear family, civil society, and the constitutional state--are rational or good. Its central question is: what, for Hegel, makes a rational

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The author's purpose is to understand the philosophical foundations of Hegel's social theory by articulating the normative standards at work in his claim that the three central social institutions of the modern era--the nuclear family, civil society, and the constitutional state--are rational or good. Its central question is: what, for Hegel, makes a rational social order rational? In addressing this question the book aspires to be faithful to Hegel's texts and to articulate a compelling theory of rational social institutions; its aim is not only to interpret Hegel correctly but also to demonstrate the richness and power that his vision of the rational social order possesses.

Frederick Neuhouser's task is to understand the conceptions of freedom on which Hegel's theory rests and to show how they ground his arguments in defense of the modern social world. In doing so, the author focuses on Hegel's most important and least understood contribution to social philosophy, the idea of "social freedom."

Neuhouser's strategy for making sense of social freedom is to show its affinities with Rousseau's conception of the general will. The main idea that Hegel appropriates from Rousseau is that rational social institutions must satisfy two conditions: first, they must furnish the basic social preconditions of their members' freedom; and, second, all social members must be able subjectively to affirm their freedom-conditioning institutions as good and thus to regard the principles that govern their social participation as coming from their own wills.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674011243
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
896,112
Product dimensions:
0.79(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Hegel's Conception of Social Freedom: Preliminaries

2. Rousseau: Freedom, Dependence, and the General Will

3. The Subjective Component of Social Freedom

4. Objective Freedom, Part I: The Self-Determining Social Whole

5. Objective Freedom, Part II: Social Conditions of Individuals' Freedom

6. Hegel's Social Theory and Methodological Atomism

7. The Place of Moral Subjectivity in Ethical Life

Notes

Index

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