Hegel's Logical Comprehension of the Modern State

Hegel's Logical Comprehension of the Modern State

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This book argues that the criterion of rationality Hegel employs in his argument that the modern state as he conceptualizes it is rational is the holistic inferential system of concepts he refers to as the Concept and depicts in the Science of Logic. The book then attempts to explain Hegel's political philosophy as it is articulated in the Philosophy of Right in terms of the logical and metaphysical requirements of the Science of Logic.show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739173480
  • 9780739173480
  • 2,166,510

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Hegel's Philosophy of Right is widely recognized as one of the most important texts in the history of philosophy. One major problem with most of the current literature is its failure to acknowledge the systematic construction of Hegel's philosophy. The Philosophy of Right is intended to be understood within the context of Hegel's philosophical system. We require a "systematic" reading that interprets Hegel's philosophy as he intended it to be understood. Matthew J. Smetona offers us such an account which advances our knowledge of Hegel's philosophy and its contemporary relevance. Hegel's Logical Comprehension of the Modern State is an important contribution to the systematic reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right that should benefit students and scholars alike. -- Thom Brooks, Reader in Law, Durham Law School, Durham Universityshow more

About Matthew J. Smetona

Matthew J. Smetona teaches political science at Rowan University. He is the author of articles either published or forthcoming in Telos and Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. His research interests center on 19th century European political philosophy and 20th century critical social theory.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1: The Doctrine of the Concept in the Science of Logic Chapter 2: Logic and Realphilosophie Chapter 3: The Logical Determination of the Political Chapter 4: Hegel's Political Philosophy and Modern Society Chapter 5: The Identity of Rationality and Actuality Chapter 6: Abstract Right and Morality Chapter 7: The Family and Civil Society Chapter 8: Hegel's Concept of the Modern Stateshow more

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