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Hegel and Global Justice

Series: Studies in Global Justice, Vol. 10

Buchwalter, Andrew (Ed.)

2012, VIII, 241 p.

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  • Demonstrates the richness of contemporary Hegel scholarship
  • Stages for the first time an extended dialogue between Hegel and prominent contemporary theorists of global justice
  • Sheds refreshing new light on a thinker narrowly associated with state worship, war, and Eurocentrism

Hegel and Global Justice undertakes a detailed examination of the relevance of Hegel’s thought to the growing academic debate on the topic of global justice. Against the conventional view that Hegel has  few constructive ideas to offer to these discussions, this collection, drawing on the expertise of distinguished Hegel scholars and internationally recognized political and social theorists, explicates the contribution both of Hegel himself and his "dialectical" method to the analysis and understanding of key topics pertaining to the concept of global justice, construed broadly. These topics include universal human rights, cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan justice, transnationalism, international law, global interculturality,  global poverty, cosmopolitan citizenship, global governance, global public sphere, global ethos, and a global notion of collective self-identity.  In addition, the book examines Hegel’s idea of the politics of recognition at the global level and the general account of relations of people under conditions of globalization.  In exploring these and related themes, the authors compare Hegel to others who have contributed to the discourse on global justice, including Immanuel Kant, Thomas Hobbes, John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, Peter Singer, Thomas Pogge, Martha Nussbaum, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and David Miller.

 There is no other edited volume entirely devoted to Hegel and issues of cosmopolitanism and global justice.  The volume breaks new ground in its substantive focus, but demonstrates a good grasp of existing Hegel commentary.  It is a highly coherent volume with a very clear focus - in this respect it works incredibly well as an edited volume - there is a variety of opinion but it hangs together very well.  The book is made up of high quality scholarly essays which demonstrate both very good Hegel scholarship and engagement with contemporary cosmopolitan arguments. All the essays are well-researched and clear. There are some very strong chapters with interesting and novel arguments.

Professor Kimberly Hutchings

Department of International Relations

London School of Economics

This valuable collection of essays by an impressive array of scholars demonstrates the continuing relevance of Hegel’s thought for contemporary debates about cosmopolitanism and global justice.   While some essays challenge various myths about Hegel that still persist—such as his glorification of war and nationalism or his low regard for rights against the ‘march of history’—others seek to show that Hegel’s insights into such central topics as recognition, rights and community or ‘ethical life’ (Sittlichkeit) remain pertinent given more nuanced accounts of cosmopolitanism and global justice which don’t assume they can take only one form.  Taken as a whole, the volume will enrich both our appreciation of Hegel as a political thinker as well as our understanding of the alternatives available to us in this age of rapid globalization.

Professor Kenneth Baynes

Syracuse University

Maxwell School


Content Level » Research

Keywords » Burgeoning Academic Discussions - Civil Society - Collective Self-Identity - Cosmopolitan Citizenship - Cosmopolitan Justice - Cosmopolitanism - Critique of Human Rights - David Miller - Democracy - Dialectical - European Union - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - Global Ethos - Global Governance - Global Interculturality - Global Justice - Global Notion - Global Poor - Global Poverty - Global Public Sphere - Globalization - Hegel scholars - Human Rights - Immanuel Kant - Interculturalism - International Justice - International Law - John Rawls - Jürgen Habermas - Kwame Anthony Appiah - Martha Nussbaum - Peter Singer - Political Theorists - Political and Social Theorists - Reciprocal Recognition - Social Theorists - Thomas Hobbes - Thomas Pogge - Transnationalism - Universal Human Rights - World Welfare State

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Law - Political Science

Table of contents 

1. Introduction: Andrew Buchwalter.- 2.  Hegel on Cosmopolitanism, International Relations, and the Challenges of Globalization: Steven V. Hicks.- 3. Beyond Leviathan: Hegel’s Contribution to the Critique of Human Rights: Robert Fine.- 4. Between Statism and Cosmopolitanism: Hegel and the Possibility of Global Justice: Thom Brooks.- 5. Toleration, Social Identity, and International Justice in Rawls and Hegel: Maria Kowalski.- 6. Hegel, Civil Society, and Globalization: Peter G. Stillman.- 7. A Hegelian Approach to Global Poverty: Lydia L. Moland.- 8. The Coming World Welfare State Which Hegel Could Not See: Clark Butler.- 9. The Citizen of the European Union from a Hegelian Perspective: Paul Cobben.- 10. Hegel on War, Recognition, and Justice: Gary Browning.- 11. Hegel, Global Justice, and Mutual Recognition: Andrew Buchwalter.

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