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Lectures on Natural Right and Political Science: The First Philosophy of Right

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Philosophy of Right remains among the most influential works in Western political theory. It introduces a notion of civil society that has proven of inestimable importance to diverse philosophical and social agendas.
In this transcription of the lectures that formed the initial version of Hegel's text, the philosopher presents his thought with a clarity and directness seldom matched in his later writings. Nowhere does Hegel make clearer the difference between his concept of ...

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Overview

Philosophy of Right remains among the most influential works in Western political theory. It introduces a notion of civil society that has proven of inestimable importance to diverse philosophical and social agendas.
In this transcription of the lectures that formed the initial version of Hegel's text, the philosopher presents his thought with a clarity and directness seldom matched in his later writings. Nowhere does Hegel make clearer the difference between his concept of objective spirit and traditional concepts of natural law. Nowhere does he offer a more prominent treatment of the key notion of recognition. The long-awaited appearance of this first English-language translation of these lectures is a major event for Hegel scholars, philosophers, and political theorists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520201040
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/1996
  • Series: Hegel Lectures
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Until his recent death, J. Michael Stewart was a translator based in England. Peter C. Hodgson is Professor in the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University and General Editor of the California Hegel Lecture Series.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Abbreviations
Editorial Introduction 1
Description of the Manuscript by the Editors 45
Introduction 51
I Abstract Right 61
1 Possession and Ownership 63
2 Contract 81
3 Wrong 90
II Morality 107
1 Actions and Dispositions 108
2 Particular Purposes; Welfare and Intention 115
3 The Good and Conscience 123
III Ethical Life 129
1 The Family 138
2 Civil Society 161
3 The State 220
Introduction: Berlin, Winter Semester 1818-1819 (Supplementary Notes) 319
Bibliography on Hegel's Philosophy of Right 333
Glossary 339
Index 349
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