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.
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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Contributors include: Heinz Kimmerle, Paul Cruysberghs, Peter Jonkers, Henk Oosterling, Lu de Vos, Gerrit Steunebrink, Sander Griffioen, Herman van Erp, Paul Cobben, Bart Labuschagne and Timo Slootweg.
HEGEL’S PHILOSOPHY OF THE HISTORICAL RELIGIONS
PAUL COBBEN (TILBURG UNIVERSITY, THE NETHERLANDS)
FREQUENTLY CITED WORKS AND ABBREVIATIONS
BART LABUSCHAGNE AND TIMO SLOOTWEG
RELIGION OF NATURE
HEGEL ON CHINESE RELIGION
HINDUISM: A RELIGION OF FANTASY
AVOIDING NIHILISM BY AFFIRMING NOTHING. HEGEL ON BUDDHISM
THE RELIGIONS OF PERSIA, SYRIA AND EGYPT. THE TRANSITION FROM THE NATURAL TO THE SPIRITUAL
HERMAN VAN ERP
RELIGION IN THE FORM OF ART
HEGEL’S PHILOSOPHY OF JUDAISM
HEGEL AND THE ROMAN RELIGION. THE RELIGION OF EXPEDIENCY AND PURPOSIVENESS
HEGEL ON CATHOLIC RELIGION
A RELIGION AFTER CHRISTIANITY? HEGEL’S INTERPRETATION OF ISLAM BETWEEN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY
HEGEL AND PROTESTANTISM
LU DE VOS
Philosophers; Theologians; those interested in the History of Ideas; students / scolars in Religious Studies; anyone interested in the Cultural and Political values of Religion. Those specialized in the Philosophy of German Idealism; Hegelians.