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Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel

Thomas A. Lewis

Published September 1st 2014
ISBN : 9780199678310
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277 pages
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Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel analyzes Hegels 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 ofMoreReligion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel analyzes Hegels 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 contemporary Hegel scholarship argues that Hegel radicalizes, rather than reneges upon, Kants critique of metaphysics. Critics have claimed that this new scholarship cannot account for Hegels treatment of religion. Addressing an important lacuna in the scholarship, Lewis argues that reading Hegels philosophy of 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, Hegels complex and multi-faceted account 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 Hegels social, political, and intellectual context, the book begins with Hegels early concerns with a modern civil religion in the tumultuous 1790s. After analyzing Hegels crucial engagement with post-Kantian idealism, Lewis elaborates Hegels mature philosophy of religion as presented 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 Hegels project as a whole and inspires a promising conception of religion that challenges those that have dominated both public discourse and religious studies scholarship.