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Hegel's Trinitarian Claim

A Critical Reflection

Dale M. Schlitt

Publication Year: 2012

Landmark study of Hegel's arguments for God as Trinity.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Preface to the Paperback Edition

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pp. ix-xiv

I would like to thank the State University of New York Press for the gracious offer to make this study available again, and now more widely, with a paperback printing. I am especially grateful to Mr. Andrew Kenyon, Assistant Acquisitions Editor, for his encouragement of this project and for his wise counsel and helpful guidance in carrying...

Abbreviations of Works by Hegel

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pp. xv-xvii

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Introduction: Hegel’s Trinitarian Claim

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pp. xix-xxiii

G. W. F. Hegel is one of the greatest thinkers of the Greek-Western trinitarian tradition. He said that the theologians of his day had effectively abandoned the doctrine of the Trinity so that it was up to him as a philosopher to recoup the trinitarian tradition. Though Hegel left to posterity a brilliant, philosophically...

Part One: Logic—Hegel’s Reformulation of the True Content of Trinity

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1. Logic as Movement of Trinitarian Divine Subjectivity

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pp. 3-23

The widely differing contexts within which Hegel referred to Trinity and within which he articulated his trinitarian claim indicate not only the importance attached to this claim1 but, more profoundly, the multiple problematic to which his attempt to establish God as trinitarian responded. He saw that the orthodoxy of his...

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2. Hegel’s Logic of Pure Thought

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pp. 25-53

Understanding logic, the movement of pure thought, as logically formulated “immanent” trinitarian divine self-positing subjectivity provides the fundamental justification for first examining the Logic and then Hegel’s explicit trinitarian texts. It grounds earlier methodological considerations, where the term “methodology” unfortunately...

Part Two: Hegel’s Explicit Trinitarian Texts

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3. Overview of Hegel’s Explicit Trinitarian Thought and a Criterion for the Phenomenology

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pp. 57-82

A critique of the Logic already constitutes an examination of Hegel’s logical reformulation of his understanding of the Christian doctrine of “immanent” Trinity. Since this logical reformulation itself is equally the structure both of Trinity’s “economic” self-realization in the sphere of religion and of “economic” Trinity’s true...

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4. The Incarnational Immediacy of Trinitarian Reconciliation in the Phenomenology

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pp. 83-119

Informed selectivity has always been a major characteristic of good scholarship. The current flood of publicly accessible information and analysis in all areas of research and in Hegel studies in particular mandates such selectivity. In recent decades selectivity has been raised to the level of an explicit methodological principle, the...

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5. Trinitarian Reconciliation in Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion Lectures

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pp. 121-156

In his Berlin lectures of 1821, 1824, 1827 and 1831 on the philosophy of religion, Hegel characteristically begins his philosophical presentation of the communitarian experience of God by positing an originary unity or totality. Similarly to the way in which he had begun the Phenomenology with “sense certainty” and the...

Part Three: Reconstructing Hegel’s Trinitarian Envisionment

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6. From Finite to Infinite

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pp. 159-182

With his claim that God could be conceived of as Subject, Person and Spirit only on the basis of an elaboration of a trinitarian divine subjectivity, Hegel had stated in philosophically informed religious representational language his theory of an attained absolute self-mediation in, of and through thought. Hegel gave...

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Postscript: From Thought to Experience

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pp. 183-192

When studying Hegel’s philosophy we quickly come to appreciate the sheer scope of his vision encompassing for him every aspect of thought and reality. This appreciation extends to his insightful philosophical reading of such a key notion as Trinity. A close reading of what Hegel has written or is recorded as saying...


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pp. 193-348


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pp. 349-370

Index of Names

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pp. 371-377

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781438443768
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438443751

Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2012