Hegel's Philosophy of the Historical Religions

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Bart Labuschagne, Timo Slootweg
BRILL, Apr 19, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
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No topic ever disquieted Hegel more than that of Religion. It haunted him, and he wrestled with it all during his life: from his brilliant youthful writings on spirit of Judaism and Christianity, up until the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion of 1831. Of the Determinate Religions, Hegel wrote many profound and exhilarating philosophical interpretations. This volume brings together a collection of critical essays that discuss Hegel s relation to each of these historical Religions, including the Islam, and (of course) the revealed religion of Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism). All chapters aim to shed light on the intriguing development of Hegel s conception of the dialectic of Religion. Taken together, they develop a comprehensive view of Hegel s philosophy of the historical Religions. His grandiose and provocative perceptions and thought-scapes enhance the appetite for the - much needed - philosophical appreciation of the phenomenon of religion.
 

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Contents

Religion of Nature
1
Hegel on Chinese Religion
21
A Religion of Fantasy
31
Hegel on Buddhism
51
The Transition from the Natural to the Spiritual
79
Religion in the Form of Art
99
Hegels Philosophy of Judaism
125
The Religion of Expediency and Purposiveness
157
Hegel on Catholic Religion
177
A Religion After Christianity? Hegels Interpretation of Islam Between Judaism and Christianity
207
Hegel and Protestantism
243
Contributors
275
Index of Persons
279
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Bart C. Labuschagne, Ph.D. (1995), Groningen University, teaches Philosophy of Law at Leiden University (The Netherlands). He has published on the Civil Dimension of Religion as the Spiritual foundation of Law and Politics, recently: "Religion, Politics and Law. Philosophical Reflections on the Sources of Normative Order in Society," co-edited with R.W. Sonnenschmidt, Leiden/Boston: Brill 2009. Timo J.M. Slootweg, Ph.D. (2000) Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) lectures in Philosophy of Law and Ethics at Leiden University. His publications are concerned with the relation between Law and Love; Knowledge and Faith; Existentialism and Personalism; Dialectical and Dialogical theology; Postmodernism. His thesis dealt with the Idea of Historical Consciousnees and Historicity in the Philosophies of Hegel, Heidegger and Derrida.

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