Hegel Reconsidered

Beyond Metaphysics and the Authoritarian State

  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
  • Terry Pinkard

Part of the Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture book series (PSCC, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
    Pages 1-18
  3. Stephen Bungay
    Pages 19-42
  4. Reinhold Aschenberg
    Pages 79-101
  5. Deborah Chaffin
    Pages 143-161
  6. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
    Pages 225-229
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-259

About this book


Much of contemporary philosophy, political theory, and social thought has been shaped directly or indirectly by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, though there is considerable disagreement about how his work should be understood. He has been described both as a metaphysician and characterized as an ironic narrator who anticipated the character of philosophy after metaphysics. His position is equally ambiguous with regard to his political thought. He has been construed both as an enemy of the liberal state and as a friend of freedom.
This volume's revisionist reassessment, building on the scholarship of Klaus Hartmann, explores these ambiguities in favor of a non-metaphysical reading of Hegel's arguments. It also shows how the foundations of his political thought support a liberal democratic state. This reappraisal of Hegel's arguments resituates him as a philosopher who anticipates the difficulties of post-modernity and offers a basis for reassessing ontology, aesthetics, and revolution. Philosophers and those doing work in political theory will find this volume of great interest.


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Immanuel Kant freedom logic metaphysics ontology philosophy politics

Editors and affiliations

  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  • Terry Pinkard
    • 3
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Ethics, Medicine, and Public IssuesBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Georgetown UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4349-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8378-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0928-9518
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