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Hegel's LawsThe Legitimacy of a Modern Legal Order$
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William E. Conklin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804750301

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804750301.001.0001

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The Laws of Civil Society

The Laws of Civil Society

(p.208) Chapter Eight The Laws of Civil Society
Hegel's Laws
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This chapter presents Hegel's discussion of the ethos of civil society. Hegel claims that civil society is not any ethos. It is an ethical ethos. In order to understand why civil society exhibits ethicality, we need to gain a grasp of the identity of law in civil society. What is the character of civil society? Second, how does civil society manifest ethicality? Third, how are intermediate organizations and the external state exhibited in civil society? Fourth, how is it legitimate? And finally, how does legal reasoning become mere formalism that is reified from the subjective freedom? This chapter addresses each of these issues in turn. Once the philosopher appreciates, however, how the civil society replicates the legal formalism described in Chapter 5, the philosopher will journey into the final domestic shape of domestic legal consciousness: the organic legal order.

Keywords:   Hegel, civil society, legal reasoning, ethics ethos, ethicality, law, legal consciousness, legal formalism

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