Publication details for Professor Thom BrooksBrooks, Thom (2004). Hegel's Theory of International Politics: A Reply to Jaeger. Review of International Studies 30(1): 149-152.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0260-2105, 1469-9044
- DOI: 10.1017/S026021050400587X
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
Hans-Martin Jaeger argues in this Journal that Hegel endorses a ‘reluctant realism’, whereby Hegel's theory of international politics institutionalises a transnationalising civil society of states. In Jaeger's view, Hegel's conception of individuals in civil society is analogous to states in international politics. On the contrary, I argue Hegel's conception of abstract right is far more commensurable with his theory of international politics. The mutual recognition existing in civil society – which helps to produce legal relationships – does not exist beyond the state where there are no legal relationships. Thus, Hegel is a realist of a more familiar sort, without any ‘reluctance’.