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Author Goodfield, Eric
Title Between politics and philosophy: The contest of the one and the many in the thought of Plato and Hegel
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Descript 328 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-05, Section: A, page: 2149
Adviser: Agnes Heller
Thesis (Ph.D.)--New School University, 2007
This dissertation explores the relationship between philosophical problems and political theorizing through a comparative consideration of the writings of Plato and G.W.F. Hegel. I argue that these authors responded to the philosophical problem of the universal in ways which came to deeply influence their thinking about political life and an ideal equilibrium between state and citizen. I do not assume equivalence between Plato's and Hegel's notions of universality, ideas or the state. Rather, I elaborate how the dilemma of the universal logically understood acts as a conceptual touchstone for the legitimacy of rule in their independent visions of political life. This legitimacy is understood as justice in Plato's thought, and as freedom in Hegel's. This approach seeks to overcome a trend in the study of these two authors which has often denied or neglected the deep interdependence between their respective political and philosophical contributions. This individual study is elevated to a comparative examination which takes into account Hegel's own self-declared dialog with Plato on ideas and the state. I argue for a conception of politics which accommodates thought as well as action and is irreducible to a calculus of interest
School code: 1430
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 68-05A
Subject Philosophy
Political Science, General
Alt Author New School University
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