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HEGEL, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich.

Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts.

Naturrecht und Staatswissenschaft im Grundrisse.

Berlin: Nicolaischen Buchhandlung, 1821 Stock Code: 138485
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Hegel's most significant exposition of his political philosophy

First edition of Hegel's Outline of the Philosophy of Right, complete with the secondary title page. Compiled from a series of lectures the author gave at Heidelberg University in 1819-1820, the work offers Hegel's most extensive and mature statement of his political philosophy, widely esteemed as among the greatest works in political thought. "The Grundlinen... is a complete system, in which the concept of a sociology dominated by the idea of the State is laid down. It turns away from the apparent chaos of the democratic advocates of individual right in favour of an overwhelming sense that liberty cannot exist apart from order, and that the vital connexion of all parts of the body politic is the source of all good. As the family is, without contract, the instinctive realization of the moral life, so, equally without contract, the State is the fullest expression of the moral spirit, where interdependence is combined with free will. The State is the perfection of man as a finite entity, whence the spirit moves into the absolute existence of art, religion and philosophy. Taken apart from the rest of his system, Hegel's political philosophy has been much misrepresented by totalitarian propagandists. He was, however, one of the most profound and intellectual thinkers of the nineteenth century. Theology, philosophy, political theory, all have been radically influenced by his system; Strauss, Baur, Bradley, Kierkegaard, Marx, Lenin, all came under his spell, and his direct influence has been limitless" (PMM).

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Octavo (204 x 122 mm). Contemporary quarter sheep, manuscript spine label, mottled sides, leather tips.


Shelf stamp to front pastedown and title page verso, partly eroded; a few trivial pencil notations to text; contemporary leaf of notes in German bound at rear and folded in. Light rubbing at extremities, hinges ever so slightly tender, offset toning to endpapers, contents clean. A very good copy.


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