by Lydia L. Moland
Northwestern University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-8101-6531-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-2741-8 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2857-6
Library of Congress Classification JC233.H46M65 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.01


In Hegel on Political Identity, Lydia Moland provocatively draws on Hegel's political philosophy to engage sometimes contentious contemporary issues such as patriotism, national identity, and cosmopolitanism. Moland argues that patriotism for Hegel indicates an attitude toward the state, whereas national identity is a response to culture. The two combine, Hegel claims, to enable citizens to develop concrete freedom. Moland argues that Hegel's account of political identity extends to his notorious theory of world history; she also proposes that his resistance to cosmopolitanism be reassessed in response to our globalized world. By focusing on Hegel's depiction of political identity as a central part of modern life, Moland shows the potential of Hegel's philosophy to address issues that lie at the heart of ethical and political philosophy.