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Kant and Hegel on the Right of Rebellion

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I compare Kant's position on the issue as to whether there exists a right of rebellion with the position that can be attributed to Hegel on this issue. I argue that while Kant must concede that such a right exists when the state no longer respects what he calls the universal law of right. Hegel offers us grounds for thinking that a right of rebellion may exist even when the state has achieved the form of a Kantian Rechtstaat. I appeal to Hegel's understanding of right as the concrete expression of the general will and his account of poverty in order to establish this conclusion.

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: 2006-01-01

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