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Hegel's Writings on Religion

Peter C. Hodgson

in Hegel and Christian Theology

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273614
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602443 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273618.003.0002
Hegel's Writings on Religion

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Hegel did not address the topic of religion only for the first time in his Berlin lectures of 1821 and following. There was no topic in which he had a deeper and more abiding interest, as evidenced from his days as a theological student in Tübingen through the years in Jena and Nuremberg. This chapter provides a survey of Hegel’s writings on religion from the 1790s to the early 1820s: Early Theological Writings, Faith and Knowledge, Jena system outlines, Phenomenology of Spirit, Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences, and Hegel’s Foreword to a book by Hinrichs. It is argued that differences between Hegel’s four series of lectures on the philosophy of religion (1821, 1824, 1827, 1831) are of significance, and that spoken lectures display his thinking at its best.

Keywords: phenomenology; encyclopedia; system; lectures; speaking/thinking

Chapter.  12355 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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