Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)

Armin von Bogdandy and Sergio Dellavalle

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599752
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)

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This chapter examines Hegel’s contribution to international law; international law as ‘external State law’; and universalism and particularism. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is generally considered one of the thinkers who conceptually shaped the transition from the understanding of international order of the enlightenment era to the romantic, anti-universalistic view that characterized a great part of the 19th century. Hegel is generally regarded as the champion of ‘particularism’, claiming that order is possible exclusively within the individual polities, whereas between them only a limitation of disorder is achievable. However, the chapter argues that the philosopher transforms himself into probably the first thinker who blazed a possible path beyond the sheer universalism–particularism dichotomy.

Keywords: Hegel; universalism; particularism; international law; external State law

Article.  1684 words. 

Subjects: Law ; History of Law ; International Law

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