Hegel's Idea of the Good Life

  • Joshua D. Goldstein
Book
Part of the Studies in German Idealism book series (SIGI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. THE DEVELOPMENT AND DECLINE OF AN ARISTOTELIAN IDEA OF THE GOOD LIFE, 1793 TO 1800

  3. FREEDOM AND THE COMPLETION OF ARISTOTELIAN VIRTUE, 1821

    1. Joshua D. Goldstein
      Pages 147-196
    2. Joshua D. Goldstein
      Pages 197-238
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 239-261

About this book

Introduction

In Hegels Idea of the Good Life, Joshua D. Goldstein presents the first book-length study of the development and meaning of Hegel’s account of human flourishing.

When compared to the robust conceptions of human excellence found in ancient virtue ethics or the commitment to individualism in the modern ethics of the will, Hegel’s political thought can appear impoverished for its failure either to embrace or exposit those highest ideals of human flourishing that might provide an adequate guide to life. By bringing Hegel’s earliest writings into dialogue with his Philosophy of Right, Goldstein argues that Hegel’s mature political philosophy should be understood as a response to his youthful failure to build a sustainable account of the good life upon the foundations of ancient virtue. Through a clear and detailed textual interpretation, this study reveals how Hegel’s mature response integrates ancient concerns for the well-ordered life and modern concerns for autonomy in a new, robust conception of selfhood that can be actualized across the full expanse of the modern political community.

Hegels Idea of the Good Life provides extensive analysis of the foundational essays in the formation of Hegel’s youthful thought (including the Tübingen essay, Berne Fragments, The Life of Jesus) as well as the structuring features of his mature political philosophy (including a critical reconstruction of freedom, ethical institutions, and experience within the Philosophy of Right).

Goldstein’s contribution to the Studies in German Idealism series will be welcomed by philosophers and political theorists seeking to engage with the details of Hegel’s early and mature social thought.

Keywords

Early Writings Ethics Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Hegel Philosophy of Right Politics Religion Tübingen philosophy political philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Joshua D. Goldstein
    • 1
  1. 1.McGill University and University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-4192-6
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-4191-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-4192-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-4764