Political Investigations: Hegel, Marx and Arendt

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In this highly innovative book Robert Fine compares three great studies of modern political life: Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right, Marx's Capital and Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism, and argues that they are all profoundly radical texts, which jointly contribute to our understanding of the modern world. Fine maintains that these works are far more revealing when read together than in opposition, and draws a direct parallel between Hegel’s critique of social forms of right and Marx’s ...

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In this highly innovative book Robert Fine compares three great studies of modern political life: Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right, Marx's Capital and Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism, and argues that they are all profoundly radical texts, which jointly contribute to our understanding of the modern world. Fine maintains that these works are far more revealing when read together than in opposition, and draws a direct parallel between Hegel’s critique of social forms of right and Marx’s critique of social forms of value. Fine shows how fruitfully their work can and should be combined.

Hannah Arendt was in turn critical of what she saw as the historicism of both Hegel and Marx, but Fine argues that her study of the origins of totalitarianism directly picks up on their insights into the modern potential for fanaticism and destructiveness. Arendt never disavowed any of the nineteenth century thinkers who prefigured the catastrophes to come, but Fine shows her indebtedness to Hegel and Marx.

This fascinating book offers a re-reading of these texts as three pivotal moments in the construction of a critical humanist tradition.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415239080
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Reading and misreading Hegel's Philosophy of Right 5
2 The idea of Hegel's Philosophy of Right 24
3 Hegel and Kant: natural law and the science of right 41
4 State and revolution: Hegel, Rousseau, Marx 61
5 Right and value: unity of Hegel and Marx 79
6 Totalitarianism and the rational state: Arendt 100
7 State and revolution revisited: Arendt 122
8 Kant's cosmopolitan ideal and Hegel's critique 132
9 Arendt's critical cosmopolitanism 151
Bibliography 166
Index 172
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