Hegel's Critique of Modernity

Hegel's Critique of Modernity : Reconciling Individual Freedom and the Community

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While the Enlightenment brought about an unprecedented growth in freedom, it also gave rise to a set of dichotomies that Hegel's philosophy helps to overcome. In this book, Timothy C. Luther examines Hegel's contribution to polical philosophy and his attempt to resolve tensions in political philosophy and democracy_particularly, his reconciliation of individual liberty and community. Hegel's dialectic preserves what he sees as valuable in liberalism while reformulating it in a way that is more sensitive to community and historical context.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 412 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739129813
  • 9780739129814

About Timothy C Luther

Timothy C. Luther is professor of political science at California Baptist University and author of Lobbyists, Congress, and Gridlock: Private Money v. Public Interest, Hegel and Marx: Economics and Politics, and The Political Philosophy of Democracy: Its Origins, Promises, and Perils.show more

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It is a sign of [Luther's] achievement that he is able to provide clear explanations of the dialectic and of"Geist"; ...Luther has done us a great service by indicating the pressing need to think about the tension between the individual good and the common good, especially in light of our current economic woes. He has drawn up a detailed map of the Hegelian territory and marked the locations of buried treasure. We should be grateful for his exegetical and philosophic labors. Luther provides a thoroughly clear presentation of Hegel's political philosophy. But more importantly, through the use of concrete examples, he demonstrates connections between Hegel's philosophy and contemporary political issues. The result is that Luther makes Hegel much more accessible to undergraduate students, an impressive achievement given Hegel's notorious reputation.--Patrick Horn, Claremont Graduate University This is a very thorough, substantive, and readable discussion of the issue of individual freedom and the community in Hegel's thought. It is centered on his Philosophy of Right, but in the double context of his philosophy of history and the post-Hegelian history of European modernity. What makes the book most interesting and relevant is the author's Hegelian reflections on contemporary globalization, whose economic consequences we are now beginning to suffer due to individualism gone mad. I would heartily recommend it to educated readers, Hegel scholars, and political philosophers alike.--Anselm K. Min, Claremont Graduate Universityshow more

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