The State and Civil Society:Studies in Hegel's Political Philosophy

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Z. A. Pelczynski
CUP Archive, Nov 1, 1984 - Philosophy - 327 pages
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The state and civil society were first distinguished by Hegel in The Philosophy of Right as two stages in the dialectical development from the family to the nation. The distinction has remained perhaps the most vital of Hegel's discoveries in political philosophy, though its importance is not confined to the interpretation of Hegel's own views. The essays in this volume, focus on this distinction in their consideration of Hegel's political philosophy - his attempted (re)construction of modern ethical life. Not all the contributors agree in their assessment of Hegel, and they approach his views from a number of directions: setting them against their historical background, critically interpreting them in the context of his own thought and of the subsequent tradition, and evaluating how far they help us to understand present social reality. In past years Hegel's political thought has been the subject of a remarkable growth of interest.
 

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Contents

act and recognition in
14
Hegel Plato and Greek Sittlichkeit
40
Political community and individual freedom in Hegels philosophy
55
family and state as ethical communities
77
Hegels concept of the state and Marxs early critique
93
Towards a new systematic reading of Hegels Philosophy of Right
114
on the significance of Hegels
159
Seyla Benhabib Assistant Professor of Philosophy Boston
178
Garbis Kortian Professeur de Philosophie University de Montreal
211
Hegel on identity and legitimation
227
Raymond Plant Professor of Political Theory Southampton
244
A S Walton Lecturer in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
262
Notes
279
Klaus Hartmann Professor of Philosophy University
283
Select bibliography
312
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Alan Ryan Reader in Politics Oxford University and Fellow
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