Preface; Part I. The Structure of Hegel's Philosophy of Right: 1. Framework and meaning of 'objective spirit': a conceptual change in political philosophy; 2. Dialectic in institutions: historical background and systematic structure of the Philosophy of Right; Part II. The Hegelian Conception of Natural Law Theory: 3. Laws of nature and laws of right: problems in the realization of freedom; 4. Criticism of natural law theory; Part III. Political economy and political philosophy: 5. The influence of modern economic theory; 6. 'State' and 'civil society': linguistic context and historical origin; Part IV. Between tradition and revolution: 7. The Hegelian transformation of modern political philosophy and the significance of history; Index.
The studies in this 1996 volume relate Hegel's mature views on ethics and politics to the classical tradition of Western political thought.