Monday, April 10, 2017

Hegel's Political Philosophy: On the Normative Significance of Method and System

My new book - co-edited with Sebastian Stein - is published next month with Oxford University Press. More details are here.

  • Unique focus on Hegel's method and system applied to political philosophy
  • Brings together leading Hegel scholars from across the world to consider this topic in one book for the first time
  • Includes original essays by Terry Pinkard, Robert Pippin and Allen Wood

  • Hegel famously argues that his speculative method is a foundation for claims about socio-political reality within a wider philosophical system. This systematic approach is thought a superior alternative to all other ways of philosophical thinking. Hegel's method and system have normative significance for understanding everything from ethics to the state. Hegel's approach has attracted much debate among scholars about key philosophical questions - and controversy about his proposed answers to them. Is his method and system open to the charge of dogmatism? Are his claims about the rationality of monarchy, unequal gender relations, an unelected second parliamentary chamber and a corporation-based economy beyond revision?

    This ground-breaking collection of new essays by leading interpreters of Hegel's philosophy is dedicated to the questions that surround Hegel's philosophical method and its relationship to the conclusions of his political philosophy. It contributes to the on-going debate about the importance of a systematic context for political philosophy, the relationship between theoretical and practical philosophy, and engages with contemporary discussions about the shape of a rational social order.

    Introduction, Thom Brooks and Sebastian Stein
    1: What Might it Mean to have a Systematic Idealist, but Anti-Platonist, Practical philosophy?, Paul Redding
    2: Systematicity and Normative Justification: The Method of Hegel's Philosophical Science of Right, Kevin Thompson
    3: In What Sense is Hegel's Philosophy of Right 'Based' on His Science of Logic? Remarks on the Logic of Justice, Robert B. Pippin
    4: Method and System in Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Allen W. Wood
    5: The Relevance of the Logical Method for Hegel's Practical Philosophy, Angelica Nuzzo
    6: The State as a System of Three Syllogisms: Hegel's Notion of the State and Its Logical Foundations, Klaus Vieweg
    7: Hegel's Shepherd's Way Out of the Thicket, Terry Pinkard
    8: To Know and Not Know Right: Hegel on Empirical Cognition and Philosophical Knowledge of Right, Sebastian Stein
    9: Individuals: the Revisionary Logic of Hegel's Politics, Katerina Deligiorgi
    10: Hegel on Crime and Punishment, Thom Brooks
    11: The Logic of Right, Richard Dien Winfield
    12: Hegel, Autonomy and Community, Liz Disley
    13: Hegel's Natural Law Constructivism: Progress in Principle and in Practice, Kenneth R. Westphal

    Monday, April 03, 2017

    Durham Law School - a top 40 world-class centre for legal education and research

    I'm enormously proud to be Head of Durham Law School as we progress from success to success - and now firmly established in top 40 in world rankings:

    "Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our academic staff shape the development of law through their ground-breaking research, influential work with policy makers and active public engagement both nationally and internationally. Durham Law School is in the QS World Rankings top 40 law schools and our research was ranked 3rd best in the UK in the last national Research Excellence Framework in 2014. We have some of the best results for student satisfaction and employability – and our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current members of the UK Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and in Government. Our top-ranked global law courses are very competitive with an excellent and diverse student population from across the world delivering a cutting-edge, research-led curriculum."