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Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right [Hardcover]

Thom Brooks

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February 8, 2008 0748625747 978-0748625741

Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important works in the history of political philosophy. It is broadly agreed that Hegel intended this work to be interpreted as a significant part of his greater system of speculative philosophy. Where disagreement occurs is on the question of the relevance of Hegel's larger philosophical system to understanding his Philosophy of Right.

This is the first book on the subject to take Hegel's system of speculative philosophy seriously as an important component of any robust understanding of his Philosophy of Right. It sets out the difference between 'systematic' and 'non-systematic' readings of the text before discussing important, relevant features of Hegel's system, in particular, the unique structure of his philosophical arguments.

The greater part of the book demonstrates the results of this systematic reading by exploring several areas of Hegel's political philosophy: his theories of property, punishment, morality, law, monarchy, and war. It is shown that by looking beyond the text to Hegel's larger philosophical system, we can achieve an improved understanding of Hegel's Philosophy of Right.

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A genuinely novel and interesting commentary on Hegel's Philosophy of Right.

(Professor Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley)

A very welcome addition to the literature on Hegel's political philosophy.

(Professor Stephen Houlgate, , University of Warwick)

About the Author

Thom Brooks is Reader in Political and Legal Philosophy at the University of Newcastle. He is editor of Locke and Law (2006), Rousseau and Law (2005) and co-editor (with Fabian Freyenhagan) of The Legacy of John Rawls (2005).

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (February 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748625747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748625741
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,455,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government (from 1 Oct) at Durham Law School and associate member of the Philosophy Department at Durham University. He has held visiting appointments at Oxford, St Andrews and Uppsala and taught previously at Newcastle. Brooks works in the areas of ethics, law and public policy. He has extensive experience engaging with policy makers with regular media appearances. Brooks published the only comprehensive report into the 'Life in the UK' citizenship test which is widely cited in Parliamentary debates and his 'unified theory of punishment' is noted as one of the top 100 'Big Ideas for the Future' in British universities by Research Councils UK. Brooks is the founding editor of the Journal of Moral Philosophy.

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