Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right: A Critical Guide

Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right, one of the classic texts of German Idealism, is a seminal work of legal, social and political philosophy that has generated very different interpretations since its publication in 1821. Written with the advantage of historical distance, the essays in this volume adopt a fresh perspective that makes readers aware of the breadth and depth of this classic work. The themes of the essays reflect the continuing relevance of the text, and include Hegel’s method, the concept of property, Hegel’s view of morality, the concept of Sittlichkeit, the modern family, the nature and tensions of civil society, and the question of the modernity of the Hegelian state. The volume will be of interest to all scholars and students of German Idealism and the history of political thought.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Freedom and History in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right by David James
1. The Method of the Philosophy of Right by Frederick Neuhouser
2. Property, Use and Value in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right by Stephen Houlgate
3. Hegel on Morality by Allen W. Wood
4. Hegelian Conscience as Reflective Equilibrium and the Organic Justifi cation of Sittlichkeit by Dean Moyar
5. Living the Contradictions: Wives, Husbands and Children in Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right by Kimberly Hutchings
6. ‘The Ethicality in Civil Society’: Bifurcation, Bildung and Hegel’s Supersession of the Aporias of Social Modernity by Andrew Buchwalter
7. Why Ethical Life is Fragile: Rights, Markets and States in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right by Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch
8. That Which Makes Itself: Hegel, Rabble and Consequences by Frank Ruda
9. Practical Necessity and the ‘Logic’ of Civil Society by David James
10. How Modern is the Hegelian State? by Ludwig Siep

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