The Ethics of Democracy: A Contemporary Reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right

2016.02.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lucio Cortella, The Ethics of Democracy: A Contemporary Reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Giacomo Donis (tr.), SUNY Press,
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2016.02.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lucio Cortella, The Ethics of Democracy: A Contemporary Reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Giacomo Donis (tr.), SUNY Press, 2015, 215pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781438457536. Reviewed by Lydia L. Moland, Colby College That democracy is the best form of government has, since Hegel's time, become an almost unquestioned assumption in political philosophy. Hegel's opposition to direct democracy seems then to put him squarely on the wrong side of history, forcing sympathetic interpreters either to defend or discount this unfortunate choice. Lucio Cortella's book is a welcome addition to this debate.[1] Cortella argues that there is still much in Hegel's theory to recommend it: he belongs, then, to the group of scholars who attempt to reform Hegel's philosophy in the hopes that it can be better applied. In pursuit of this goal, Cortella is not content to suggest minor amendments to Hegel's system; his goal is. . .

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