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Hegel's Critique of Liberalism: Rights in Context
     

Hegel's Critique of Liberalism: Rights in Context

by Steven B. Smith
 

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In Hegel's Critique of Liberalism, Steven B. Smith examines Hegel's critique of rights-based liberalism and its relevance to contemporary political concerns. Smith argues that Hegel reformulated classic liberalism, preserving what was of value while rendering it more attentive to the dynamics of human history and the developmental structure of the moral

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In Hegel's Critique of Liberalism, Steven B. Smith examines Hegel's critique of rights-based liberalism and its relevance to contemporary political concerns. Smith argues that Hegel reformulated classic liberalism, preserving what was of value while rendering it more attentive to the dynamics of human history and the developmental structure of the moral personality. Hegel's goal, Smith suggests, was to find a way of incorporating both the ancient emphasis on the dignity and even architectonic character of political life with the modern concern for freedom, rights, and mutual recognition. Smith's insightful analysis reveals Hegel's relevance not only to contemporary political philosophers concerned with normative issues of liberal theory but also to political scientists who have urged a revival of the state as a central concept of political inquiry.

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Hegel's work was in large part a response to, and a critique of Kant, whose thought dominates contemporary liberalism. Smith (political science, Yale) brings together the different strands of Hegel's critique of liberalism and shows how they resolve some of the issues surrounding lilberalism today. No formal bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226763507
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1991
Edition description:
1
Pages:
266
Sales rank:
933,962
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Steven B. Smith is professor of political science at Yale University.

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