Hegel on Political Identity

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2857-6

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2741-8
Publication Date
April 2011
Page Count
240 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Hegel on Political Identity

Patriotism, Nationality, Cosmopolitanism
Lydia Moland

In Hegel on Political Identity, Lydia Moland provocatively draws on Hegel's political philosophy to engage sometimes contentious contemporary issues such as patriotism, national identity, and cosmopolitanism. Moland argues that patriotism for Hegel indicates an attitude toward the state, whereas national identity is a response to culture. The two combine, Hegel claims, to enable citizens to develop concrete freedom. Moland argues that Hegel's account of political identity extends to his notorious theory of world history; she also proposes that his resistance to cosmopolitanism be reassessed in response to our globalized world. By focusing on Hegel's depiction of political identity as a central part of modern life, Moland shows the potential of Hegel's philosophy to address issues that lie at the heart of ethical and political philosophy.
About the Author

Lydia Moland is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Colby College.


" . . . an excellent, thoughtful, engaging book, a "must-read" for scholars of Hegel's political philosophy." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

". . . the accomplishment of Lydia Moland in her fine study of Hegel is that her clarity, force, and originality imbue the reader with the strange, new sense that for once he (thinks he) really gets Hegel."  —The Journal of Modern History