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Hegel's Political PhilosophyA Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right$
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Thom Brooks

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625741

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625741.001.0001

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(p.13) Chapter 1 System
Hegel's Political Philosophy

Thom Brooks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents a very general picture of Hegel's system and its logic. The aim is to provide a view that is acceptable both to commentators who believe that Hegel presents a strong metaphysical account and to those who believe that he does not. The chapter argues that, whichever side we find ourselves on, we can agree upon certain basic features of Hegel's system and the Philosophy of Right's place within it. These features include an understanding of (a) the dialectical structure of Hegel's arguments; and (b) the technical vocabulary Hegel employs in his arguments. The chapter is organized as follows. It offers a general background explanation of Hegel's system and its logic, with the primary aim of making clear the relationship between Hegel's system and his Philosophy of Right. The chapter begins with an analysis of Hegel's logic that underpins his wider system. This is followed by an explanation of how the logic relates to his wider system, and then, by how this system relates to the Philosophy of Right.

Keywords:   Hegel, system, logic, Philosophy of Right, dialectical structure, technical vocabulary

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