‘Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right: A Critical Guide’ edited by David James

Published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Download link updated on 26. June 2021.

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

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