Friday, February 04, 2011

Thom Brooks "Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right" in new edition

I am very pleased to announce that my Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right will be published in a new second edition with added chapters later in the year. It was originally published in 2007 and appeared in paperback in 2009. Columbia University Press is the North American distributor.

"Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important works in the history of political philosophy. It is broadly agreed that Hegel intended this work to be interpreted as a significant part of his greater system of speculative philosophy. Where disagreement occurs is on the question of the relevance of Hegel's larger philosophical system to understanding his Philosophy of Right. This is the first book on the subject to take Hegel's system of speculative philosophy seriously as an important component of any robust understanding of his Philosophy of Right. It sets out the difference between 'systematic' and 'non-systematic' readings of the text before discussing important, relevant features of Hegel's system, in particular, the unique structure of his philosophical arguments. The greater part of the book demonstrates the results of this systematic reading by exploring several areas of Hegel's political philosophy: his theories of property, punishment, morality, law, monarchy, and war. It is shown that by looking beyond the text to Hegel's larger philosophical system, we can achieve an improved understanding of Hegel's Philosophy of Right."

The link is here. The link is here.

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