Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right: A Critical Guide

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2017.12.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David James (ed.), Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right: A Critical Guide, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 234 pp., Reviewed by William Desmond, Villanova University/KU Leuven Hegel's Philosophy of Right is one of the great works of ethical and political philosophy – one which some put on a par with Plato's Republic, or see as exceeding Hobbes's Leviathan. It is said also that in the early twentieth century two schools of Hegelian philosophy faced each other: the right-Hegelians in the guise of the fascists, and the left-Hegelians in the guise of the Marxists and communists. There is something to this, but to imply that Hegel is to blame for both would be an indictment too far. Yet the contrast does precipitate thought. There is an unbroken line of continuity between Hegel and the young Hegelians, hence a line of inheritance from Marx, though the line is... Read More

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