Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory
Routledge – 2013 – 304 pages
This book examines the relation of Hegel’s politics to his metaphysics in light of the controversy this issue has inspired over the last fifty years and to consider its larger implications for contemporary social and political thought.
Goodfield reads Hegel’s devotion to the resolution of fundamental philosophical problems as both useful and necessary to the promotion and progression of modern and contemporary political theory. Recognition of this interaction between core philosophical and political questions represents an important contribution to the contemporary field of political thought. It features
It will be of strong interest to students and scholars of Hegel, modern political thought, political philosophy and political theory.
1. Introduction. Origins of the Debate: Hegel and His Critics 2. Background: Hegel’s Metaphysics and the Legacy of its Criticism 3. Hegel’s Political Philosophy and 20th c. Methodological Revisionism 4. The Metaphysical Foundations of Right: The Logic and Political Dialectic 5. Conclusion: Hegel and the Prescriptive Case for Metaphysically Informed Political Theory
Eric Lee Goodfield is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science in the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.