Hegel’s Theory of Normativity

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May 2019
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Hegel’s Theory of Normativity

The Systematic Foundations of the Philosophical Science of Right
Kevin Thompson

Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right offers an innovative and important account of normativity, yet the theory set forth there rests on philosophical foundations that have remained largely obscure. In Hegel’s Theory of Normativity, Kevin Thompson proposes an interpretation of the foundations that underlie Hegel’s theory: its method of justification, its concept of freedom, and its account of right. Thompson shows how the systematic character of Hegel’s project together with the metaphysical commitments that follow from its method are essential to secure this theory against the challenges of skepticism and to understand its distinctive contribution to questions regarding normative justification, practical agency, social ontology, and the nature of critique.
About the Author

KEVIN THOMPSON is an associate professor of philosophy at DePaul University.

“Kevin Thompson’s book is a well-written and thought-provoking study of Hegel’s theory of normativity. The book highlights with clarity, precision, and palpable intellectual energy what is original in Hegel’s theory, and in so doing provides a fine introduction to Hegel’s political thought for newcomers, as well as an insightful and challenging interpretation for those already familiar with Hegel’s philosophy.” 
—Stephen Houlgate, author of The Opening of Hegel’s Logic: From Being to Infinity and editor of Hegel and the Arts