Year: 1996 Source: Owl of Minerva, v.27, no.2, (Spring 1996), p.167-174 SIEC No: 20040679

This paper examines an apparent tension in the account of capital punishment offered by Hegel in his “Philosophy of Right.” The current author argues that certain crimes, including murder, necessarily require capital punishment because they constitute total negations of right, & so are themselves a form of suicide according to the philosophy of Hegel. Hegel’s prohibition of suicide is also explored.