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Hegel's Political PhilosophyOn the Normative Significance of Method and System$
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Thom Brooks and Sebastian Stein

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778165.001.0001

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The Revisionary Logic of Hegel’s Politics

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Hegel's Political Philosophy

Katerina Deligiorgi

Oxford University Press

Interpretations of Hegel’s social and political thought tend to present Hegel as critic of modern individualism and defender of institutionalism or proto-communitarianism. Yet Hegel has praise for the historically emancipatory role of individualism and gives a positive role to individuals in his discussion of ethics and the state. Drawing on Hegel’s analysis of the category of ‘individual’ in his Logic, this chapter shows that Hegel criticizes the conception of ‘individual’ as a simple and argues instead that it is a term in need of specification or completion. Hegel’s revisionary logic of the category of ‘individual’ is both interesting in itself and useful as an interpretative tool, because it shows the consistency of his various statements about individuals in his practical philosophy.

Keywords:   Hegel, philosophy of right, individuality, science of logic, method, system, German Idealism

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