Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel

Paperback | August 10, 2014

byThomas A. Lewis

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Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel analyzes Hegel's philosophy of religion and develops its significance for ongoing debates about the relation between religion and politics as well as the history of the conceptualization of religion. One of the most vital currents in contemporaryHegel scholarship argues that Hegel radicalizes, rather than reneges upon, Kant's critique of metaphysics. Critics have claimed that this new scholarship cannot account for Hegel's treatment of religion. Addressing an important lacuna in the scholarship, Lewis argues that reading Hegel's philosophyof religion in relation to these non-traditional interpretations of his intellectual project as a whole generates a new understanding of Hegel as well as a new perspective on religion, politics, and modernity. In relation to the conceptualization of religion, Hegel's complex and multi-facetedaccount of religion reconciles common contrasts, presenting religion as both personal and social, both emotional and cognitive, both theoretical and practical. In relation to politics, it is public without being theocratic and gives a decisive importance to individual conscience. Attending closely to Hegel's social, political, and intellectual context, the book begins with Hegel's early concerns with a modern civil religion in the tumultuous 1790s. After analyzing Hegel's crucial engagement with post-Kantian idealism, Lewis elaborates Hegel's mature philosophy of religion aspresented in his Berlin Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion. This unique engagement between Hegel and the contemporary study of religion thus advances the non-traditionalist interpretation of Hegel's project as a whole and inspires a promising conception of religion that challenges those thathave dominated both public discourse and religious studies scholarship.

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Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel analyzes Hegel's philosophy of religion and develops its significance for ongoing debates about the relation between religion and politics as well as the history of the conceptualization of religion. One of the most vital currents in contemporaryHegel scholarship argues that Hegel radicalizes,...

Thomas A. Lewis is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Freedom and Tradition in Hegel: Reconsidering Anthropology, Ethics, and Religion (2005) as well as numerous articles on religion and politics, philosophy of religion, and comparative ethics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199678316

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Civil Religion and Social Reform: Hegel's Early Reflection on Religion2. The Philosophical Basis of Hegel's Philosophy of Religion3. Locating the Philosophy of Religion4. The Concept of Religion: Hegel's God and the Relation Between Religion and Philosophy5. Spirit and/in History6. The Consummation of Religion7. Cultivating Our Intuitions: Hegel on Religion, Politics, and Public DiscourseConclusion

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"(Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel) is a major development in Hegel scholarship, and it will require historians of religious thought to rethink Hegel's relationship to his successors as well as to his predecessors. This book deserves a wide audience in philosophy, intellectualhistory, and religious studies." --Jeffrey Stout, author of Blessed Are the Organized