Spirit and/in History

Thomas Lewis

in Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595594
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729072 | DOI:
Spirit and/in History

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Chapter Five addresses the most problematic but least analyzed segment of Hegel's philosophy of religion, “Determinate Religion,” which treats religions other than Christianity. In the wake of European exploration, colonialism, and missionizing, Europeans had access to qualitatively new levels of information about other parts of the world. Rather than attempting to summarize Hegel's treatment of these many religions, the chapter focuses on the conceptions that underlie the project. Here Hegel's constantly changing account suffers from the attempt — unjustified even in his own project — to unite two distinct conceptions: a conceptual mapping and a narrative of genesis. Each is powerful on its own; but when they are united, the result is incoherent. These conceptions are illuminated by comparison to the work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Charles Taylor.

Keywords: Determinate Religion; conceptual mapping; narrative of genesis; history; colonialism; MacIntyre; Taylor

Chapter.  11265 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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