Hegel famously argues that his speculative method is a foundation for claims about socio-political reality within a wider philosophical system. This systematic approach is thought a superior alternative to all other ways of philosophical thinking. Hegel's method and system have normative significance for understanding everything from ethics to the state. Hegel's approach has attracted much debate among scholars about key philosophical questions - and controversy about his proposed answers to them. Is his method and system open to the charge of dogmatism? Are his claims about the rationality of monarchy, unequal gender relations, an unelected second parliamentary chamber and a corporation-based economy beyond revision?
This ground-breaking collection of new essays by leading interpreters of Hegel's philosophy is dedicated to the questions that surround Hegel's philosophical method and its relationship to the conclusions of his political philosophy. It contributes to the on-going debate about the importance of a systematic context for political philosophy, the relationship between theoretical and practical philosophy, and engages with contemporary discussions about the shape of a rational social order.
Introduction, Thom Brooks and Sebastian Stein
1: What Might it Mean to have a Systematic Idealist, but Anti-Platonist, Practical philosophy?, Paul Redding
2: Systematicity and Normative Justification: The Method of Hegel's Philosophical Science of Right, Kevin Thompson
3: In What Sense is Hegel's Philosophy of Right 'Based' on His Science of Logic? Remarks on the Logic of Justice, Robert B. Pippin
4: Method and System in Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Allen W. Wood
5: The Relevance of the Logical Method for Hegel's Practical Philosophy, Angelica Nuzzo
6: The State as a System of Three Syllogisms: Hegel's Notion of the State and Its Logical Foundations, Klaus Vieweg
7: Hegel's Shepherd's Way Out of the Thicket, Terry Pinkard
8: To Know and Not Know Right: Hegel on Empirical Cognition and Philosophical Knowledge of Right, Sebastian Stein
9: Individuals: the Revisionary Logic of Hegel's Politics, Katerina Deligiorgi
10: Hegel on Crime and Punishment, Thom Brooks
11: The Logic of Right, Richard Dien Winfield
12: Hegel, Autonomy and Community, Liz Disley
13: Hegel's Natural Law Constructivism: Progress in Principle and in Practice, Kenneth R. Westphal