Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory

2015.02.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Lee Goodfield, Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory, Routledge, 2014, 251pp., $145.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.02.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Lee Goodfield, Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory, Routledge, 2014, 251pp., $145.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415698474. Reviewed by Mark Tunick, Florida Atlantic University Eric Lee Goodfield takes a position in what has become a lively debate between those who insist we cannot truly appreciate Hegel's political philosophy unless we see how it is inextricably connected to Hegel's metaphysics as articulated in Hegel's Logic, and those who insist that we can fruitfully study Hegel's political philosophy and apply it to contemporary issues of public affairs by dislodging his political theory from that metaphysics. Goodfield defends the former position. His book goes beyond existing defenses of that position by providing a more extensive treatment of Hegel's logic and by attempting to link the position that we should abjure appeals to metaphysics to what he calls the 'liberal-positivist. . .

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