Hegel�s Philosophy of Right

Term: Spring 2009

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6587

The book which we will read in this course, bears a complex title: Philosophy of Right or Outline of Natural Law and Theory of the State. Hegel�s philosophy of �right� is thus meant to include, even to integrate two different realms: �natural law� as referring to what is right for everybody and �theory of the state� as referring to the political organization of society. Hegel�s philosophy of right is ethics and political theory at the same time. With this, two questions have to be addressed. The first question refers to Hegel�s concept of �ethical life� (�Sittlichkeit�), which is meant to provide an account of practical normativity that is able to avoid the �paradox of autonomy� in Kantian theories. The second question refers to Hegel�s concept of the �state�, which aims at developing a theory of political self-government that is able to contain the destructive power of the capitalist economy. Both questions will be addressed in the course in the context of contemporary appropriations of Hegel�s arguments.

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