- Title Pages
- Part I The Law: The Positivity of Abstraction
- 1 Law
- 2 Between Nature and History
- 3 Contract
- Part II The Vitality and Flaws of the Social
- 4 “Citoyen” versus “Bourgeois”?
- 5 The State of Law
- 6 “Ethicality Lost in Its Extremes”
- Part III The State and the Political
- 7 Tocqueville-Hegel
- 8 A Theory of Representation
- 9 Beyond Democracy
- Part IV Figures of Subjectivity in Objective Spirit: Normativity and Institutions
- 10 The Truth of Morality
- 11 The Conditions of Political Subjectivity
- 12 Subjects, Norms, and Institutions
- Translator’s Note
- (p.251) 9 Beyond Democracy
- The Actual and the Rational
Jean-François Kervégan, Daniela Ginsburg, Martin Shuster
- University of Chicago Press
It is well known that Hegel was not particularly favorable to democracy. But an examination of his reasons for so objecting is fruitful. It reveals in particular the difficulty of combining democracy and the principles of liberalism. Hegel's critique of the irrelevance of democracy is also instructive for an actual critical theory of democracy.
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