Hegel is notable for his distinctive contribution to the perennial concerns of political philosophy. He outlines a powerful account of freedom as both a personal and social achievement, discussing theories of personal rights, private property and punishment. He articulates a social analysis of human action and criticizes Kantian ethics. His theory of self-actualization locates our social identities within 'Ethical Life' - the institutions of family life, civil society and the state - expressing a unique variety of rationalist conservatism. In this volume some of the finest interpreters of Hegel writing in English explore this distinguished heritage and explain its contemporary relevance.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I The Distinctive Character of Hegel's Approach to Political Philosophy: Hegel's Dopplesatz: a neutral reading, Robert Stern; Freedom and social categories in Hegel's ethics, Terry Pinkard; Hegel and institutional rationality, Robert B. Pippin; The project of reconciliation: Hegel's social philosophy, Michael O. Hardimon. Part II Hegel on Will and Abstract Right: The unity of theoretical and practical spirit in Hegel's concept of freedom, Stephen Houlgate; Hegel on slavery and domination, Steven B. Smith; What is the question for which Hegel's Theory of Recognition is the answer?, Robert B. Pippin; Hegel's justification of private property, Alan Patten; Hegel's analysis of property in the Philosophy of Right, Peter G. Stillman; Annulment retributivism: a Hegelian theory of punishment, Jami L. Anderson; Hegel on the justification of punishment, Dudley Knowles. Part III Hegel's Philosophy of Action and Criticism of Kant: The emptiness of the moral will, Allen W. Wood; Kant, Hegel and determining our duties, Kenneth R. Westphal; Hegel's theory of moral action, its place in his system and the 'highest' right of the subject, David Rose; Ethical life and the demands of conscience, Frederick Neuhouser. Part IV Ethical Life: Family, Civil Society and the State: Spirit's phoenix and history's owl or the incoherence of dialectics in Hegel's account of women, Benjamin R. Barber; Community and indigence: a Hegelian perspective on aid to the poor, Alexander Kaufman; Hegel and liberalism, Paul Franco; Hegel on political sentiment, Joseph J. O'Malley; Hegel's political anti-cosmopolitanism: on the limits of modern political communities, James Bohman; Name index.
Dudley Knowles is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK