Beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism
Studies in Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Reflects new advances in Hegel scholarship and demonstrates the contemporary relevance of the Philosophy of Right.
Beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism is the first collection of essays treating Hegel's social and political philosophy to appear since 1984. Several new books have since been published transcribing Hegel's lectures on the Philosophy of Right. This book reflects these advances in Hegel scholarship and debunks the widely held notion of the totalitarian Hegel. Rather, Hegel's thought is revealed to be an alternative to both liberal individualism and communitarianism. The essays here treat Hegel's critique of morality (Kant), social contract theory, capitalism, poverty, as well as Hegel's views on punishment, freedom, and the ethical character and unity of the idea of the state.
Robert R. Williams is Professor of Philosophy at Hiram College. He is the author of several books, including Hegel's Ethics of Recognition; Schleiermacher the Theologian: The Construction of the Doctrine of God; and Recognition: Fichte and Hegel on the Other, also published by SUNY Press.
"The authors speak to the current debates about communitarianism, but what is novel is that they refuse the usual identification of Hegel with communitarian views, and attempt to reframe the debate in new ways. " — David Kolb, author of The Critique of Pure Modernity: Hegel, Heidegger, and After
"This book addresses a variety of important issues relating to Hegel's Philosophy of Right in a way that is professional, accessible, and thought provoking. They are not mere expositions of Hegel. In addition to appropriate explication of Hegel's texts there is much to challenge the reader in terms of rethinking and rereading Hegel and reconsidering him in relation to other thinkers and traditions. " — David A. Duquette, St. Norbert College