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Reason's developing self-revelation tradition in the crucible of absolute idealism
Publication Information:
Cambridge : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

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1 online resource (262 pages)
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.


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Ebook XX(1413856.1) 1

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This book, the third of four in a series, coming after New Hegelian Essays, demonstrating how Hegel's philosophy perfects the rational presentation of any and all religious representation, and its successor From Narrative to Necessity, showing the coincidence of the doctrines of Trinity, Creation and Incarnation with the humanist ideal, expounds religion, and Christianity in particular, as continuous unfolding in history of Reason's Developing Self-Revelation, latterly in the crucible of Absolute Idealism, which is philosophy proper. A fourth book, on Hegel's contribution to the reconciliation of cultures, explores the implications of Hegel's thought for any possible ecumenism. Meanwhile, this third book opens with three chapters freeing Christian orthodoxy from all figurative representation, showing the connection with Hegel's treatment of the logical forms under the heading of The Subjective Notion (see New Hegelian Essays, chapter seventeen) in his system of Logic. The book then progresses through several chapters of Hegelian Logic and metaphysics, concerning concepts of the self-explanatory, the one and the many, absolute simplicity, and coming, among other related topics, to a discussion of evolution philosophically viewed in relation to our knowledge and its possibility. By this route we come to a final question and chapter, Christianity without (or within) God? As God has to be self-determining, he cannot be given any finite name, but is the Absolute (loosed from all things, literally), or Pure Act, which is also, Idealism demonstrates, the Absolute Idea specifically. It follows that Idea adds no qualification to Absolute, since there is, by its concept, nothing outside of the latter, not even we ourselves. We are images and signs thereof, differentiated from it but not other than it.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Christian Traditions and Living Philosophyp. 1
Chapter 2 Reintegrationp. 30
Chapter 3 Beyond the Sin-Paradigmp. 48
Chapter 4 The Self-Explanatory?p. 63
Chapter 5 The One and the Manyp. 72
Chapter 6 Absolute and Trinity: Logic at the Crossroadsp. 81
Chapter 7 From Shadows to Realityp. 89
Chapter 8 Divine Simplicity: Not So Simple?p. 97
Chapter 9 Reconciliationp. 113
Chapter 10 Where We May Be Atp. 120
Chapter 11 Beyond Theism and Atheismp. 128
Chapter 12 Ideas or Spirits: Ideas as Spiritsp. 134
Chapter 13 Seriality and Circularityp. 138
Chapter 14 On Fossilsp. 145
Chapter 15 Essence, Esse, Simplicityp. 148
Chapter 16 Signum formalep. 170
Chapter 17 Necessary Creation?p. 178
Chapter 18 Beyond Infinity?p. 185
Chapter 19 Angelismp. 189
Chapter 20 Becomingp. 194
Chapter 21 Aboriginal Perennialp. 198
Chapter 22 Infinite Incarnationp. 201
Chapter 23 Erosp. 205
Chapter 24 How It Might Bep. 210
Chapter 25 Christianity Within (or Without) God?p. 213