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Hegel's philosophy of the historical religions
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012.

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xxiii, 281 p.
Critical studies in German idealism, v. 6
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Includes index.
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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.

Table of Contents

Bart Labuschange and Timo SlootwegHeinz KimmerleSander GriffioenPaul CruysberghsHenk OosterlingHerman van EripPaul CobbenTimo SlootwegBart LabuschangePeter JonkersGerrit SteunebrinkLu De Vos
Volume Forewordp. vii
Frequently Cited works and Abbreviationsp. ix
Editorial Introductionp. xi
Religion of Naturep. 1
Hegel on Chinese Religionp. 21
Hinduism: A Religion of Fantasyp. 31
Avoiding Nishilism by Affirming Nothing: Hegel on Buddhismp. 51
The Religions of Persis, Syria and Egypt: The Transition from the Natural to the Spiritualp. 79
Religion in the Form of Artp. 99
Hegel's Philosophy of Judaismp. 125
Hegel and the Roman Religion: The Religion of Expediency and purposivenessp. 157
Hegel on Catholic Religionp. 177
A Religion After Christinaity? Hegel's Interpretation of Islam Between Judaism and Christianityp. 207
Hegel and Protestantismp. 243
Contributorsp. 275
Index of Personsp. 279