Hegel and Global Justice: An Introduction
This chapter provides an introduction to the edited collection Hegel and Global Justice. Part I supplies a general rationale for the book, noting that Hegel has far more to offer the theme of global justice than is commonly appreciated. Hegel or Hegel inspired arguments are said to make innovative contributions to multiple features of the contemporary discourse on global justice, while instructively engaging many of the foremost participants in the current debate. Attention is given to Hegel’s dialectical method, his concept of recognition, and his existentially based modes of social analysis. Part II provides a taxonomy of the main themes of the book, including cosmopolitanism, political sovereignty, universal human rights, global poverty and its responsibilities, institutional responses to global poverty, global governance, global community, war, and reciprocal recognition. Part III summarizes the main argument of each chapter, noting connections among the various discussions and the place those discussions occupy in the wider discourse on global justice.