1st Edition

Hegel's Philosophy of Right Critical Perspectives on Freedom and History

Edited By Dean Moyar, Kate Padgett Walsh, Sebastian Rand Copyright 2023

    Hegel’s Philosophy of Right was his last systematic work and the most complete statement of his mature views on ethical and political philosophy. The text explores the relationships between three distinct conceptions of human freedom: persons as possessing contract rights, subjects as reflective moral agents, and individuals as members of an ethical community. It strongly influenced the early Marx and debates over liberalism and communitarianism that arose in the latter half of the twentieth century.

    In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Philosophy of Right, the 18 essays in this volume by contemporary scholars examine the nature and impact of Hegel's text. They examine a diverse array of topics, ranging from Hegel's account of rights, religious freedom, gender, the state, history, and naturalism to some hitherto relatively overlooked topics such as Hegel and Luther, art and nationality, and Hegel and the market. Each contribution also pays homage to the work of Terry Pinkard, who, as a foremost interpreter and scholar of Hegel’s thought, revived and reinvented the contemporary field of Hegel studies.

    Hegel's Philosophy of Right: Critical Perspectives on Freedom and History will be valuable reading for scholars of Hegel, nineteenth-century German philosophy, moral and political philosophy, and the history of political thought.

    Editors’ Introduction Dean Moyar, Kate Padgett Walsh, and Sebastian Rand

    Part 1: The Frame of Right

    1. Mind your Ps and Qs: Thinking through Hegel on Provisionality and Qualification Lydia Goehr

    2. "This is the very essence of the Reformation: Man in his very nature is destined to be free": Hegel, Luther, and Freedom Robert Stern

    3. Reading the Philosophy of Right in light of the Logic: Hegel on the Possibility of Multiple Modernities Arash Abazari

    4. Objective Spirit and Nature Ludwig Siep

    Part 2: From Formal Right to the Idea of Life

    5. The Value of a Right: Status and Equivalence in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right Dean Moyar

    6. A Withering of the Rose in the Cross of the Present: The Logical Structure of Liberal Capitalism’s Destruction of Ethical Life Jay Bernstein

    7. True Right Against Formal Right. The Body of Right and the Limits of Property Thomas Khurana

    Part 3: Ethical Life

    8. The Institution of Sittlichkeit Jean-François Kervegan

    9. The Significance of Plato for a "Disenchanted Aristotelian" Reading of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right Paul Redding

    10. No Utopia: Hegel on the Gendered Division of Labor Andreja Novakovic

    11. Debt and the Limits of Freedom in Market Society Kate Padgett Walsh

    12. Hegel, Allegiance, and the Problem of Ethical Standing Robert Pippin

    13. Civil Society and its Discontents: Hegel and the Problem of Poverty Stephen Houlgate

    14. The Organic Lives of States Antón Barba-Kay

    Part 4: Right and World History

    15. Poetry and the Sense of History: Images, Narrative, and Justice in the Philosophy of Right Lydia Moland

    16. Synchronic and Diachronic Aspects of Historicity in Hegel’s State Christopher Yeomans

    17. Alle sind frei. Hegel’s Philosophy of History as Liberal Apologetics Mark Alznauer

    18. "Humanity needed it, and it appeared forthwith": Hegel on World-Historical Technologies Sebastian Rand.



    Dean Moyar is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

    Kate Padgett Walsh is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University, USA.

    Sebastian Rand is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA.