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Hegel's Idea of Freedom

Alan Patten


The book offers the first full‐length treatment in English of Hegel's idea of freedom. It explores his theory of what it is for an individual to be free and his account of the social and political contexts in which freedom is developed, realized, and sustained. The book investigates a number of central questions concerning Hegel's ethics and political theory. Is Hegel's outlook unacceptably conservative? Can freedom be equated with rational self‐determination? Is there any special connection between freedom and citizenship? By offering interpretations of Hegel's views on these and other questi ... More

Keywords: autonomy, Civic Humanism, community, freedom, Hegel, history of philosophy, Philosophy of Right, political philosophy, political theory, state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251568
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199251568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Patten, author
McGill University, Montreal
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