Week 1: Presentation of the course. Conceptual introduction and problem-setting.
The difficulty of locating Hegel’s social and political philosophy in the theoretical landscape: liberalism, republicanism, communitarianism, socialism, conservatism, authoritarianism and other “isms”.
The core problems of social and political philosophy.
Week 2: Introduction to Hegel’s Philosophy. The place of the philosophy of right in the system. Outline of the Philosophy of Right.
Heikki Ikaheimo, “Holism and Normative Essentialism in Hegel’s Social Ontology”, in Recognition and Social Ontology, 145-210.
Outline of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, p.3-8.
Week 3: Hegel’s theory of freedom.
Introduction to the Philosophy of Right, ## 1-32.
Week 4: Alternative models of freedom: negative, positive and social.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Negative and Positive Freedom”.
Quentin Skinner, “A Third Concept of Liberty”
Axel Honneth, “Three, Not Two Concepts of Liberty” and extracts from Freedom’s Right.
Week 5: Hegel’s theory of property
Philosophy of Right, ##34-75.
Week 6: Property, freedom, rights
John Locke, extracts from Second Treatise of Government.
Jon Roemer, “A Challenge to Neo-Lockeanism”.
Week 7: Citizenship as concrete freedom
Philosophy of Right, ##142-157 and 257-272.
Week 8: The nature of political sovereignty
Extracts from Rousseau, The Social Contract.
Annelien de Dijn, “Rousseau and Republicanism”.
Jürgen Habermas, “On the Past and Future of Sovereignty and Citizenship”.
Week 9: Society as division of labour
Philosophy of Right, ##182-208, 230-256.
Week 10: Theory of political institutions
Philosophy of Right, ##271-320.
Week 11: Hegel and radical democracy (I)
Feuerbach, Principles of the Philosophy of the Future, ##37-62.
Andrew Chitty, “The basis of the State in the Marx of 1842”.
Marx, Critique of Hegel’s political philosophy (1843), extracts.
Week 12: Hegel and radical democracy (II)
Dewey, extracts from The Public and Its Problems.
Richard Bernstein, “Dewey’s Vision of Radical Democracy”.
Axel Honneth, “Democracy as Reflexive Cooperation”.