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Hegel's Idea of Freedom$
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Alan Patten

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199251568.001.0001

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A Civic Humanist Idea of Freedom

A Civic Humanist Idea of Freedom

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(p.163) 6 A Civic Humanist Idea of Freedom
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Hegel's Idea of Freedom
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Alan Patten (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251568.003.0006

Explores and partially defends Hegel's claim that freedom is most fully realized through membership in the modern state. It contrasts Hegel's ‘civic humanist’ understanding of this claim with the social contract theory's view of the relationship between freedom and the state. The chapter also argues against those commentators (e.g. Isaiah Berlin and Allen Wood) who see something sinister in the Hegelian association of freedom with the state. In developing its interpretation, the chapter considers Hegel's distinction between state and civil society and it offers an overview of the basic structure of Hegel's main work of political philosophy—the Philosophy of Right.

Keywords:   civic humanism, civil society, freedom, Hegel, humanism, Philosophy of Right, social contract, state

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