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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Professor Thom Brooks

Brooks, Thom (2013). Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right, 2d edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Author(s) from Durham


A new edition of the first systematic reading of Hegel's political philosophy:

Elements of the Philosophy of Right is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important works in the history of political philosophy. This is the first book on the subject to take Hegel's system of speculative philosophy seriously as an important component of any robust understanding of this text.

Key Features:
•Sets out the difference between 'systematic' and 'non-systematic' readings of Philosophy of Right
•Outlines the unique structure of Hegel's philosophical arguments
•Explores key areas of Hegel's political philosophy: his theories of property, punishment, morality, law, monarchy, war, democracy and history

This significantly expanded second edition includes: a more detailed explanation of Hegel's philosophical system, two new chapters on his theories of democracy and history and an appendix detailing the implications this work has for future interpretations of Hegel's philosophy.


First edition reviewed in:
* Special issue in Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain + book review
* History of Political Thought
* Mind
* Philosophy in Review
* Political Studies Review