The Philosophical Theory of the State

The Philosophical Theory of the State

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After more than a decade teaching ancient Greek history and philosophy at University College, Oxford, British philosopher and political theorist Bernard Bosanquet (1848-1923) resigned from his post to spend more time writing. He was particularly interested in contemporary social theory, and was involved with the Charity Organisation Society and the London Ethical Society. He saw himself as a radical in the Liberal Party, and at a theoretical level he was a 'collectivist', considering the individual to be a part of a larger social organism. He thought the state should be in harmony with the general will, and that going beyond it would lead to repression. Bosanquet's political ideas are explained in this influential work, which was published in 1899 and ran to four editions by 1923. Bosanquet begins with the theory of state, and then addresses sociological and philosophical ideas about politics before examining the idea of 'will'.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139136496
  • 9781139136495

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Rise and conditions of the philosophical theory of the state; 2. Sociological compared with philosophical theory; 3. The paradox of political obligation; self-government; 4. The problem of political obligation more radically treated; 5. The conception of a 'real' will; 6. The conception of liberty as illustrated by the foregoing suggestions; 7. Psychological illustration of the idea of a real or general will; 8. Nature of the end of the state and consequent limit of state action; 9. Rousseau's theory as applied to the modern state: Kant, Fichte, Hegel; 10. The analysis of a modern state. Hegel's 'Philosophy of right'; 11. Institutions considered as ethical ideas; Index.
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