Hegel's ambiguous contribution to legal theory

Res Publica 11 (1):85-94 (2005)
Hegel's legacy is particularly controversial, not least in legal theory. He has been classified as a proponent of either natural law, legal positivism, the historical school, pre-Marxism, postmodern critical theory, and even transcendental legal theory. To what degree has Hegel actually influenced contemporary legal theorists? This review article looks at Michael Salter's collection Hegel and Law. I look at articles on civil disobedience, contract law, feminism, and punishment. I conclude noting similarities between Hegel's legal theory and that of Ronald Dworkin. I also criticize the volume's emphasis on Hegel's postmodern credentials, all of which I doubt.
Keywords Hegel  Dworkin  legal philosophy  philosophy of law  postmodernism  positivism  natural law
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-004-0735-1
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