Hegel's Ethical Thought

Hegel's Ethical Thought

by Allen W. Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 052137782X

ISBN-13: 9780521377829

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This important new study offers a powerful exposition of the ethical theory underlying Hegel's philosophy of society, politics, and history. Professor Wood shows how Hegel applies his theory to such topics as human rights, the justification of legal punishment, criteria of moral responsibility, and the authority of individual conscience. The book includes a critical…  See more details below

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This important new study offers a powerful exposition of the ethical theory underlying Hegel's philosophy of society, politics, and history. Professor Wood shows how Hegel applies his theory to such topics as human rights, the justification of legal punishment, criteria of moral responsibility, and the authority of individual conscience. The book includes a critical discussion of Hegel's treatment of other moral philosophers (especially Kant, Fichte and Fries), provides an account of the controversial concept of "ethical life," and shows the relation between the theory and Hegel's critical assessment of modern social institutions. The book is nontechnical and should interest anyone concerned with Hegel's ethical and political thought, including philosophers, political scientists, intellectual historians and students of German culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521377829
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Hegelian Ethical Theory: 1. Self-actualization; 2. Freedom; 3. Happiness; Part II. Abstract Right: 4. Recognition; 5. Persons, property, law; 6. Punishment; Part III. Morality: 7. The concept of morality; 8. The moral will; 9. The emptiness of the moral law; 10. Conscience; Part IV. Ethical Life: 11. Ethical objectivity; 12. Ethical subjectivity; 13. The limits of ethics; 14. Problems of modern ethical life; Conclusion; Notes; Index.

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