Module Details

PY933-7-SP-CO: Hegel

Year: 2016/17
Department: Philosophy
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Comments: This is an MA level module. MA students from other courses may take this module as an option, provided they have the prior approval from their department and the Module Supervisor.

Staff
Supervisor: Dr. Timo Jütten
Teaching Staff: Dr. Timo Jütten
Contact details: Initial contact is Wendy Williams, Graduate Administrator, email wgill@essex.ac.uk, tel 01206 872705

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

(Updated August 2016)

This is an MA level module for students on the MA in Philosophy. MA students from other courses may take this module as an option, provided they have the prior approval of their PGT Director and Dr Timo Jütten.

Hegel's Philosophy of Right

This module will be devoted to a close reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right (henceforth PhR, published 1821). The PhR is Hegel's major work in moral and political philosophy and contains a philosophical defence of modern social institutions, including the nuclear family, civil society (including the market), and the state.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should:

have a good understanding of the overall structure of Hegel's PhR, and the role of individual sections of the book within it;

have a good understanding of the essential features of Hegel's views on central topics such as: philosophical method, the nature of personhood, rights and private property, moral consciousness, intersubjective recognition, the institutions of modern ethical life and their pathologies; and the role of freedom in the modern world;

have a good understanding of the way in which Hegel's thought functions as the starting point for a variety of important strands in later 19th and 20th century continental European philosophy;

be able to write a critical essay on some aspect of Hegel's thought in the PhR.



Learning and Teaching Methods

1 x one-hour lecture, followed by 1 x one-hour seminar each week during spring term, except Week 21 which is Reading Week.

Each seminar will include an introductory lecture, close work with the text and student discussion. There may be occasional seminar presentations by students.

Assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Coursework

One 4,000-5,000 word essay

Other information

MA students from other courses may take this module as an option, provided they have the prior approval of their PGT Director and Timo Juetten


Bibliography

  • Updated August 2016
  • Primary text:
  • G.W.F. Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right, trans. H.B. Nisbet, ed. Allen Wood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991).
  • Introductory and Preparatory:
  • Stephen Houlgate, An Introduction to Hegel: Freedom, Truth and History (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005). (This is a general introduction to Hegel's thought.)
  • Dudley Knowles, Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Hegel and the Philosophy of Right (London and New York: Routledge, 2002). (This is a section-by-section introduction to the PhR.)
  • Michael Hardimon, "The Project of Reconciliation: Hegel's Social Philosophy", Philosophy & Public Affairs 21:2 (1992): 165-95.

Further information