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Hegel's Philosophy of Right

Thom Brooks (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8813-5
224 pages
February 2012, Wiley-Blackwell


Hegel's Philosophy of Right presents a collection of new essays by leading international philosophers and Hegel scholars that analyze and explore Hegel's key contributions in the areas of ethics, politics, and the law.
  • The most comprehensive collection on Hegel's Philosophy of Right available
  • Features new essays by leading international Hegel interpreters divided in sections of ethics, politics, and law
  • Presents significant new research on Hegel's Philosophy of Right that will set a new standard for future work on the topic
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1
Thom Brooks

Part I Ethics 7

1 Consequentialism and Deontology in the Philosophy of Right 9
Dean Moyar

2 The Empty Formalism Objection Revisited: x135R and Recent Kantian Responses 43
Fabian Freyenhagen

3 On Hegel's Critique of Kant's Ethics: Beyond the Empty Formalism Objection 73
Robert Stern

Part II Politics 101

4 Hegel and the Unified Theory of Punishment 103
Thom Brooks

5 Hard Work: Hegel and the Meaning of the State in his Philosophy of Right 124
Kimberly Hutchings

6 Gender, the Family, and the Organic State in Hegel's Political Thought 143
Alison Stone

Part III Law 165

7 Natural Law Internalism 167
Thom Brooks

8 Hegel on the Relation between Law and Justice 180
Alan Brudner

Index 209

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Author Information

Thom Brooks is Reader in Political and Legal Philosophy at Newcastle University. He is editor and founder of the Journal of Moral Philosophy. His books include Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right (2007).
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“The essays are refreshingly free of complex jargon and, taken together, offer a good sampling of recent work in Hegelian moral and political philosophy.  Summing Up: Recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 October 2012)

This is a fine collection of highly engaging and accessible scholarly essays on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. The essays focus on ethics, politics, and law and highlight with great originality the significance of Hegel’s thought for contemporary debates concerning value theory, Kantian formalism, punishment theory, political organisation, gender equality, standards of justice, and legal authority. Students and scholars will learn much from this thought-provoking and very welcome volume.

-Stephen Houlgate, University of Warwick

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