© 2001

Modern Freedom

Hegel’s Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy


Part of the Studies in German Idealism book series (SIGI, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-52
  2. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 53-109
  3. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 110-173
  4. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 174-222
  5. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 223-263
  6. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 264-296
  7. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 297-381
  8. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 382-407
  9. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 408-421
  10. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 422-474
  11. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 475-574
  12. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 575-598
  13. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 599-617
  14. Adriaan T. Peperzak
    Pages 618-642
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 643-675

About this book


'0 ~{oc; ~paxuc;, ~ O£ 't£XVll ~a1(pft (Hippokrates) That life is short needs no proof when we are engaged in ambitious projects. When I began this book, almost forty years ago, I did not forsee that its completion would take such a long time, although I was well aware that some of Hegel's texts stubbornly resist a thorough deciphering of their meaning and argumenta­ tion. Having written a dissertation on the young Hegel's moral, political, and religious philosophy (Lejeune Hegel et la vision morale du monde, 1960'), I was asked to teach ethics, social philosophy, and philosophy of law at various universities of The Netherlands. While studying and teaching the classics of ethics and politics, I began to focus on the textbook that Hegel had written for his courses on practical philosophy: Elements of the Philosophy of Right (1820). The first result of my research was a study of the historical and philosophical context of this text (Philosophy and Politics: A Commentary on the Preface to Hegel's Philosophy of Right, 1981/1987), but the interpretation of its content proceeded slowly. While con­ ferences and colloquia occasioned fragments whose traces can be found in the following pages, the ramifications of Hegel's thought and the overwhelming amount of secondary literature demanded a great deal of time and attention and other interests continued to interrupt the project.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Loyola University of ChicagoUSA

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