Hegel on Religion and Politics
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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The connection between religion and politics is a hot and controversial topic in todayâs political and intellectual discussion as it was in Hegelâs timeâthat is, during the first decades of the nineteen century and in the first reception of Hegelâs philosophy in the second half of that same century. Indeed, issues pertaining to this topic are daily at the center of ...
1Hegel and the Consecrated State
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Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century statesmen and political theorist of conservatism, characterizes the state as âconsecrated.â1 To say the state is sacred, for Burke, is to say it fills an existential need. It provides âhope and sure anchor in all stormsâ and âan order that keeps things fast in their place.â2 Man, who is âby his constitution a religious animal,â is naked ...
2The State as a“Temple of Human Freedom
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The topic of this essay is Hegelâs understanding of the relationship between religion and politics as manifested in the ârational stateâ that Hegel outlines in the Philosophy of Right. This topic is a subset of a much wider and long-standing debate about the role of religion, particularly of Christianity, in Hegelâs philosophy. Although my analysis will address ...
3Religion and the Dialecticof Enlightenment
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But this August dignity I treat of, is not the dignity of kings and robes, but that abounding dignity which has no robed investiture. Thou shalt see it shining in the arm that wields a pick or drives a spike; that democratic dignity which, on all hands, radiates without circumference of all democracy! His omnipresence our divine equality!...
4Hegel’s Defense of Toleration
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One of the central aims of political liberalism is to secure for individuals the conditions necessary for the pursuit of their own reflectively deter-mined religious and moral interests. Indeed, one prominent strand in the liberal tradition identifies protecting this capacity for individual self-determination in moral and religious matters as the most fundamental ...
5Hegel, the Political,and the Theological
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The issue that I would like to consider in what follows concerns the relationship between the political and the theological in Hegelâs thought.1 Specifically, I want to raise what is certainly an old questionâthe ques-tion of the relationship, for Hegel, between Christianity, and, more pre-cisely, Protestantism, and a rightful stateâbut I want to do so in what ...
6The Active Fanaticism ofPolitical and Religious Life
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Hegel says so much, about so many things, that his rare silences are conspicuous and significant. Among the topics about which he remains largely silent, Islam stands out as one of the most surprising. Indisput-ably a world-historical phenomenon for well over a millennium before Hegelâs birth, Islam would seem to deserve a prominent place in his ...
7The Inseparability ofLove and Anguish
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Hegelâs concept of reconciliation is often misunderstood; it is frequently assumed that his view of reconciliation is a conflict-free harmony that excludes tragedy and vice versa. Otto PÃ¶ggeler believes that reconcilia-tion and tragedy are mutually exclusive, and that tragedy signifies the non-arrival of reconciliation.2 Martha Nussbaum charges that recon-...
8The Place of Nationality in Hegel’sPhilosophy of Politics and Religion
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Hegelâs treatment of the relation between the state and religion can appear inconsistent: Hegel sometimes seems to give religion priority (defending the authority of the religion against the state), while at other times he seems to do the reverse. For example, revealed religion for Hegel is absolute spirit, which presupposes objective spirit (whose highest form ...
9Philosophy, Religion, and thePolitics of Bildung inHegel and Feuerbach
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In 1828 a twenty-four-year-old Ludwig Feuerbach, who had previously spent two years listening to Hegel lecture in Berlin, sent his teacher a copy of his recently completed doctoral dissertation along with what Laurence Dickey has described as a âmonumentally important letterâ1 in which he suggested that Hegel might detect in his dissertation âtraces ...
10Religion, Civil Society,and the System of an Ethical World
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Hegel advances a unique and nuanced account of the relationship of religion and politics.1 On the one hand, he espouses a view of the rela-tionship of church and state that exhibits important affinities with lib-eral positions on the issue.2 He rejects the idea of a state religion, he condemns religious interference in the affairs of state and political life ...
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Publication Year: 2013