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Idealistic Studies

Volume 45, Issue 3, Fall 2015

Philip J. Kain
Pages 265-277

Hegel on Sovereignty and Monarchy

Hegel is not a democrat. He is a monarchist. But he wants monarchy because he does not want strong government. He wants to deemphasize power. He develops an idealist conception of sovereignty that allows for a monarch less powerful than a president—one whose task is to expresses the unity of the state and realize the rationality inherent in it. A monarch needs to be a conduit through which reason is expressed and actualized, not a power that might obstruct this process.

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