Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Owl and the Rooster
Hegel's Transformative Political Science

$29.99 (C)

  • Publication planned for: June 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316647813

$ 29.99 (C)

Pre-order Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Since 1945, there have been two waves of Anglo-American writing on Hegel's political thought. The first defended it against works portraying Hegel as an apologist of Prussian reaction and a theorist of totalitarian nationalism. The second presented Hegel as a civic humanist critic of liberalism in the tradition of Rousseau. The first suppressed elements of Hegel's thought that challenge liberalism's individualistic premises; the second downplayed Hegel's theism. This book recovers what was lost in each wave. It restores aspects of Hegel's political thought unsettling to liberal beliefs, yet that lead to a state more liberal than Locke's and Kant's, which retain authoritarian elements. It also scrutinizes Hegel's claim to have justified theism to rational insight, hence to have made it conformable to Enlightenment standards of admissible public discourse. And it seeks to show how, for Hegel, the wholeness unique to divinity is realizable among humans without concession or compromise and what role philosophy must play in its final achievement. Lastly, we are shown what form Hegel's philosophy can take in a world not yet prepared for his science. Here is Hegel's political thought undistorted.

    • This is a new reading of Hegel's political thought that restores rational theism to its proper place at its center
    • Proposes a new reading of Hegel's political thought that brings out the politically transformative role of the Phenomenology of Spirit
    • Presents a faithful, non-deflationary reading of Hegel's political thought that is nevertheless clear and free of his forbidding language
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘Brudner's account is, at once, broad and deep. The book is clear, engaging, erudite, and deeply intelligent. I believe that it will become widely recognized as a first-rate, original, and important contribution to our understanding of Hegel's political thought.' Peter Steinberger, Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities, Reed College, Oregon

    '[Brudner's] readers now have the opportunity to study in detail the interpretation of Hegel that lies behind [his] more narrowly jurisprudential works. They will discover the mature fruits of a lifetime of scholarly reflection, establishing Brudner as a courageous and unique voice in the very large literature on Hegel's political philosophy.' N. E. Simmonds, The Cambridge Law Journal

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Publication planned for: June 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316647813
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Circularity Problem:
    1. The limit of cognition
    2. The limit of action
    Part II. The Bridge:
    3. The ridde of the Phenomenology of Spirit
    4. History conceptually understood
    Part III. Institutional Preconditions:
    5. The reasonableness of what is
    6. Authority, constitutionalism, justice
    7. Hegel and internationalism

  • Author

    Alan Brudner, University of Toronto
    Alan Brudner is Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto, where he has taught Hegel's political and legal thought for over thirty years. He has previously published three books elaborating a Hegelian interpretation of public and private law. They are: The Unity of the Common Law: Studies in Hegelian Jurisprudence (1995, rev. ed. with Jennifer Nadler, 2013), Constitutional Goods (2004), and Punishment and Freedom (2009). He has held visiting fellowships at Oxford University and University of Cambridge. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.