Philosophy of Right

Philosophy of Right

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Complete and unabridged, this edition of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's 1821 classic offers a comprehensive view of the philosopher's influential system. In the Philosophy of Right, Hegel applies his most important concept -- the dialectics -- to law, rights, morality, the family, economics, and the state. The last of Hegel's works to be published in his lifetime, this volume combines moral and political philosophy to form a sociologic view dominated by the idea of the state. Hegel defines universal right as the synthesis between the thesis of an individual acting in accordance with the law and the occasional conflict of an antithetical desire to follow private convictions. The state, he declares, must permit individuals to satisfy both demands, thereby realizing social harmony and prosperity--the perfect synthesis. Further, Hegel renounces his formerly favorable assessment of the French Revolution and rejects the republican form of government, suggesting instead an idealized form of a constitutional monarchy, in which ultimate power rests with the sovereign.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 133 x 206 x 14mm | 240g
  • New York, United States
  • English
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  • 0486445631
  • 9780486445632
  • 111,312

Table of contents

Translator's Preface
Author's Preface
Introduction. Conception of the Philosophy of Right, Conception of the Will, of Freedom, and of Right
Division of the Work
First Part: Abstract Right: §§34-104.
First Section. Property
A. Possession
B. Use
C. Relinquishment
Transition from Property to Contract
Second Section. Contract
Third Section. Wrong
A. Unpremeditated (Civil) Wrong
B. Fraud
C. Violence and Crime
Transition from Right to Morality
Second Part: Morality: §§105-141.
First Section. Purpose and Responsibility
Second Section. Intention and Well-being
Third Section. The Good and Conscience
Moral Forms of Evil. Hypocrisy, Probability, Good Intention, Conviction, Irony
Transition from Morality to the Ethical System
Third Part: Ethical Observance: §§142-360.
First Section. The Family
A. Marriage
B. Family Means
C. Education of Children and Disruption of the Family
Transition of the Family into the Civic Community
Second Section. The Civic Community
A. The System of Wants
a. Want and its Satisfaction
b. Labour
c. Wealth and the Classes or Estates
B. Administration of Justice
a. Right as Law
b. Law as Established
c. The Court
C. Police and the Corporation
a. The Police
b. The Corporation
Third Section. The State
A. Constitutional Law
I. The State Constitution
a. The Prince
b. The Executive
c. The Legislature
II. Foreign Polity
B. International Law
C. World-history
Index of Words
Index of Subjects
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