In Hegel on Political Identity, Lydia Moland provocatively draws on Hegel's political philosophy to engage sometimes contentious contemporary issues such as patriotism, national identity, and cosmopolitanism. Moland argues that patriotism for Hegel indicates an attitude toward the state, whereas national identity is a response to culture. The two combine, Hegel claims, to enable citizens to develop concrete freedom. Moland argues that Hegel's account of political identity extends to his notorious theory of world history; she also proposes that his resistance to cosmopolitanism be reassessed in response to our globalized world. By focusing on Hegel's depiction of political identity as a central part of modern life, Moland shows the potential of Hegel's philosophy to address issues that lie at the heart of ethical and political philosophy.
About the Author
Lydia Moland is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Colby College.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations of Works by Hegel xi
Introduction: Hegel on Practical and Political Identity 3
1 The Sources of Political Identity: From "Anthropology" to Civil Society 24
2 Patriotism and the Nature of the State 47
3 Das Volk als Staat: National Identity as a Component of Political Identity 76
4 Agency in World History 97
5 Political Identity and Absolute Spirit 126
6 Evolving Nationalities, Ethical Cosmopolitanism: Hegel Beyond the Nation State 149
Works Cited 207