Hegel as a Theologian of the Spirit

Peter C. Hodgson

in Hegel and Christian Theology

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273614
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602443 | DOI:
Hegel as a Theologian of the Spirit

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This chapter provides a brief survey of Hegel’s life and career, then examines the way that his speculative philosophy attempts to move through and beyond Kant’s critical philosophy to reestablish the possibility of knowing ultimate truth and reality. A logical deep structure underlies both thought and being, and it appears in a great diversity of shapes in the empirical world. Philosophy of religion is the culminating element of Hegel’s philosophical system, and he understood it to be a philosophical theology whose task is to know God and rethink the central theological doctrines in a more adequate conceptuality. For Hegel, ‘spirit’ designates the distinctive ontological quality of God as a living process of creating, communicating, and consummating.

Keywords: Kant; critical philosophy; idealism; realism; logic; reason; God; spirit

Chapter.  7785 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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