Shapes of Freedom: Hegels Philosophy of World History in Theological Perspective

Hardcover | May 22, 2012

byPeter C. Hodgson

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Peter C. Hodgson explores Hegel's bold vision of history as the progress of the consciousness of freedom. Following an introductory chapter on the textual sources, the key categories, and the modes of writing history that Hegel distinguishes, Hodgson presents a new interpretation of Hegel'sconception of freedom. Freedom is not simply a human production, but takes shape through the interweaving of the divine idea and human passions, and such freedom defines the purpose of historical events in the midst of apparent chaos. Freedom is also a process that unfolds through stages of historical/cultural development and is oriented to an end that occurs within history (the 'kingdom of freedom'). The purpose and the process of history are tragic, however, because history is also a 'slaughterhouse' that shatters even thefinest human creations and requires a constant rebuilding. Hegel's God is not a supreme being or 'large entity' but the 'true infinite' that encompasses the finite. History manifests the rule of God ('providence'), and it functions as the justification of God ('theodicy'). But the God who rules inand is justified by history is a crucified God who takes the suffering, anguish, and evil of the world into and upon godself, accomplishing reconciliation in the midst of ongoing estrangement and inescapable death. Shapes of Freedom addresses these themes in the context of present-day questionsabout what they mean and whether they still have validity.

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Peter C. Hodgson explores Hegel's bold vision of history as the progress of the consciousness of freedom. Following an introductory chapter on the textual sources, the key categories, and the modes of writing history that Hegel distinguishes, Hodgson presents a new interpretation of Hegel'sconception of freedom. Freedom is not simply a...

Peter C. Hodgson is a graduate of Princeton University (AB) and Yale University (BD, MA, PhD). From 1965 to 2003 he was Professor of Theology in the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of various books in historical and systematic theology; series editor of the Oxford Hegel Lectures Series; ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:May 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceCitations1. Hegel's Philosophy of World History2. History and the Progress of the Consciousness of Freedom3. The State and the Actualization of Freedom4. The Course of World History: Shapes of Freedom5. God in History: The Kingdom of FreedomBibliography