Hegel's Critique of Liberalism: Rights in Context

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 10, 1991 - Philosophy - 266 pages
In Hegel's Critique of Liberalism, Steven B. Smith examines Hegel's critique of rights-based liberalism and its relevance to contemporary political concerns. Smith argues that Hegel reformulated classic liberalism, preserving what was of value while rendering it more attentive to the dynamics of human history and the developmental structure of the moral personality. Hegel's goal, Smith suggests, was to find a way of incorporating both the ancient emphasis on the dignity and even architectonic character of political life with the modern concern for freedom, rights, and mutual recognition. Smith's insightful analysis reveals Hegel's relevance not only to contemporary political philosophers concerned with normative issues of liberal theory but also to political scientists who have urged a revival of the state as a central concept of political inquiry.
 

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Contents

Why Hegel Today?
1
The Origins of the Hegelian Project
17
Romanticism and Revolution
31
Civic Religion Positivity and the Volksgeist
40
The Discovery of the Dialectic
49
The Critique of the Liberal Theory of Rights
57
The Theory of Natural Rights
61
Hobbes and Locke
65
Civil Society and the Corporation
140
The Rule of Law
145
The Universal Class
149
The Monarch
152
War and International Relations
156
Hegels Idea of a Critical Theory
165
Immanent Critique and the Foundations of Phenomenology
169
Bildung and Negative Dialects
175

Kant
70
Fichte
80
Rousseau
85
The Politics of Virtue
91
Hegels Theory of Rights
98
The Subject of Rights
103
The Origin of Rights
115
The Right or Recognition
122
The Hegelian Rechtsstaat
132
The Skeptical Moment
180
The Logic of Determinate Negation
187
Reason and History
194
Contradiction
197
Rational Necessity
204
Absolute Knowledge and the End of History
217
Hegel and the Liberal Legacy
232
Index
247
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Steven B. Smith is professor of political science at Yale University.

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