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Fall 2015


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Hegel is not a democrat. He is a monarchist. But he wants monarchy because he does not want strong government. He wants to deemphasize power. He develops an idealist conception of sovereignty that allows for a monarch less powerful than a president—one whose task is to expresses the unity of the state and realize the rationality inherent in it. A monarch needs to be a conduit through which reason is expressed and actualized, not a power that might obstruct this process.


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kain, P. J. “Hegel on Sovereignty and Monarchy,” Idealistic Studies, 45 (2015): 265-77, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org10.5840/idstudies20169248.

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