Monday, December 17, 2012
Hegel's Political Philosophy - new second edition
Thom Brooks, Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right, 2nd edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.
Praise for the first edition:
"Brooks shows how Hegel's reflections on political issues are interlinked and how his political thought is elaborated by means of concepts that serve to understand the world more generally . . . He is to be congratulated on providing us with a clear and convincing justification of a systematic reading of the Philosophy of Right."
-- History of Political Thought
"Admirable . . . [Brooks] establishes conclusively to my mind that Hegel's positions are only fully intelligible within the wider framework of his conception of philosophy."
-- Michael Rosen, Professor of Government, Harvard University
"A very clear and methodologically self-conscious series of discussions of key topics within Hegel's classic text . . . What results is a series of illuminating discussions in which [Brooks] makes the case for his own interpretations on the basis of systematic considerations."
-- Paul Redding, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
A new edition of the first systematic reading of Hegel's political philosophy
Elements of the Philosophy of Right is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important works in the history of political philosophy. 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 this text.
* Sets out teh difference between "systematic" and "non-systematic" readings of the Philosophy of Right
* Outlines the unique structure of Hegel's philosophical arguments
* Explores key areas of Hegel's political philosophy: system, property, punishment, morality, family, law, monarchy, democracy, war and history
This significantly expanded second edition includes two new chapters on Hegel's theories of democracy and history, and a reply to the book's critics. [There is also a significant expansion on the connection between Hegel's Philosophy of Nature and the Philosophy of Right - and my continued thanks to Paul Franks for making this connection so clear.]