Hegel's Philosophy of Politics: Idealism, Identity, and Modernity

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An analysis of Hegel's political philosophy based on the proposition that it cannot be understood except in the context of the purpose he intended such a system of thought to play in the political institutions of the state he conceived, which itself must be placed within the underlying philosophical conceptions that generate it. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813383170
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Pages: 216

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Interpretive Frameworks 1
Method and Substance of the Philosophy of Right 3
History and Structure 5
Notes 9
1 The Historical Basis of Political Philosophy 11
The Concept of World History 13
The Nature of Historical Analysis 15
A Note on Historicism 17
Philosophy and Right 20
Notes 23
2 The Philosophical Politics of Modernity 27
The Present Age Characterized 27
Modern Rational and Universal Consciousness 29
Form and Method in the Philosophy of Right 31
The Concepts of Right and Will 33
Synchronic and Diachronic Development 37
Notes 41
3 The Contradictions of Modernity 43
From Religion to Revolution 43
The Nature of Revolutionary Action 51
Identity and Difference 55
Notes 57
4 Property and Personhood 61
The Family 62
Property Rights I: Hegel and Locke 66
Property Rights II: Hegel, Liberalism, Marxism 73
Civil Society, History, and Nature 76
Notes 82
5 The Dialectic of Civil Society 87
Economic Needs 87
Economics versus Politics 90
The Example of the United States 93
The Concept of Mediation 96
Law and the Administration of Justice 103
The Problem of Poverty 107
The Corporations 110
Notes 114
6 Public Opinion and Its Representation 119
Patriotism 120
Church and State 122
The Sphere of Public Opinion 127
Recognition and Legitimacy 133
Legislative Debate and Representation 137
Notes 143
7 The Rational State 149
The Civil Service 149
Sovereignty and Monarchy 151
Foreign Relations 155
War 158
The End of History 158
Deep and Surface Structures in the Philosophy of Right 161
Notes 164
8 Contemporary Applications of Hegel's Philosophy of Politics 167
Society and Civil Society 167
Law 172
Feminism 174
Notes 179
References 183
About the Book and Author 195
Index 197
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