'a deliberate, well-written, and welcome addition to Hegel studies. It offers a detailed and persuasive account of Hegel's political thought that is driven rightly by his highest political good - freedom... Patten offers helpful and interesting comparisons of Hegel's thought with Rousseau, Montesquieu, Marx, and especially Kant and Fichte. In addition, Patten maintains an on-going dialogue in the text and the notes with a variety of Hegel scholars on virtually every topic he considers... Patten's study is well worth reading for students and scholars of Hegel's thought alike. Moreover, those who teach this often difficult thinker should add Patten's book to their list of secondary readings because of its clear and concise treatment of key approaches to, and issues in, Hegel's political thought.' -Rupert Gordon, Yale UniversityAlan Patten presents an original interpretation of Hegel's idea of freedom, and offers answers to a number of central questions about his ethical and political thought. Freedom is the value that Hegel most admired and the central organizing concept of his social philosophy. Patten's clear and jargon-free study will be of interest to anyone concerned with Hegel or with the sources of contemporary ideas about freedom, community, and the state.