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Does Bevir's Logic improve our understanding of Hegel's Philosophy of Right?

Brooks, Thom



Mark Bevir's The Logic of the History of Ideas has received considerable attention recently. This article highlights a new problem with his weak intentionalism. Bevir's weak intentionalism holds that on occasion the meanings readers ascribe to texts may trump the meanings the authors express in texts. The article uses the example of Hegel's theory of punishment. The received wisdom is that Hegel is a pure retributivist. Yet, this strays far from his text and stated views. We might think we should keep to this text to uncover Hegel's views. However, Bevir's weak intentionalism has us side with how he has been read over what Hegel has said. This view is problematic as our meanings may well stray far from the texts, words or spirit. Thus, Bevir's weak intentionalism can fall victim to straying from the text when trying to interpret it.


Brooks, T. (2006). Does Bevir's Logic improve our understanding of Hegel's Philosophy of Right?. The European Legacy, 11(7), 765-774.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2006
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2012
Journal European Legacy
Print ISSN 1084-8770
Electronic ISSN 1470-1316
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 7
Pages 765-774
Publisher URL 10.1080/10848770601023115

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