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Late German IdealismTrendelenburg and Lotze$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682959.001.0001

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Ethical and Political Theory

Ethical and Political Theory

(p.69) 4 Ethical and Political Theory
Late German Idealism

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 attempts to place Trendelenburg in his political context and to analyze his main work on political theory, Naturrechte auf dem Grunde der Ethik. Trendelenburg’s work was one of the first great attempts to revive the natural law doctrine, which had fallen into disrepute after the rise of the historical school of law. The chief emphasis is Trendelenburg’s attempt to defend natural law against its Kantian and historicist critics. A full section is devoted to Trendelenburg’s theory of the state. Throughout Trendelenburg’s political thought is placed in the context of the Revolution of 1848 and its aftermath.

Keywords:   Natural law, historicism, human rights, liberalism, conservatism

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