The Owl and the Rooster: Hegel's Transformative Political Science

The Owl and the Rooster: Hegel's Transformative Political Science

by Alan Brudner


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The Owl and the Rooster: Hegel's Transformative Political Science by Alan Brudner

Since 1945, there have been two waves of Anglo-American writing on Hegel's political thought. The first defended it against works portraying Hegel as an apologist of Prussian reaction and a theorist of totalitarian nationalism. The second presented Hegel as a civic humanist critic of liberalism in the tradition of Rousseau. The first suppressed elements of Hegel's thought that challenge liberalism's individualistic premises; the second downplayed Hegel's theism. This book recovers what was lost in each wave. It restores aspects of Hegel's political thought unsettling to liberal beliefs, yet that lead to a state more liberal than Locke's and Kant's, which retain authoritarian elements. It also scrutinizes Hegel's claim to have justified theism to rational insight, hence to have made it conformable to Enlightenment standards of admissible public discourse. And it seeks to show how, for Hegel, the wholeness unique to divinity is realizable among humans without concession or compromise and what role philosophy must play in its final achievement. Lastly, we are shown what form Hegel's philosophy can take in a world not yet prepared for his science. Here is Hegel's political thought undistorted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107197541
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/19/2017
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Alan Brudner is Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto, where he has taught Hegel's political and legal thought for over thirty years. He has previously published three books elaborating a Hegelian interpretation of public and private law. They are: The Unity of the Common Law: Studies in Hegelian Jurisprudence (1995, rev. ed. with Jennifer Nadler, 2013), Constitutional Goods (2004), and Punishment and Freedom (2009). He has held visiting fellowships at Oxford University and University of Cambridge. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Circularity Problem: 1. The limit of cognition; 2. The limit of action; Part II. The Bridge: 3. The ridde of the Phenomenology of Spirit; 4. History conceptually understood; Part III. Institutional Preconditions: 5. The reasonableness of what is; 6. Authority, constitutionalism, justice; 7. Hegel and internationalism; Conclusion.

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