Is Hegel a Natural Law Constructivist?

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In a series of impressive articles, Kenneth Westphal argues that Hegel should be understood as a natural law constructivist. In this essay, I examine what Westphal means by this, showing that any such position requires postulating rights or duties that exist prior to the formation of political institutions. I show that Hegel consistently denies the existence of any such natural rights or duties and conclude that he must have a fundamentally different, non-foundationalist conception of the fundamental task of moral philosophy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-56
Number of pages12
JournalThe Owl of Minerva: Journal of the Hegel Society of America
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2016


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