Cultivating Our Intuitions

Thomas Lewis

in Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595594
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729072 | DOI:
Cultivating Our Intuitions

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Chapter Seven draws on both the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion and untranslated lectures on the philosophy of right to analyze Hegel's mature view of the relation between religion and politics. Hegel's hierarchical ordering of philosophical thought over religious representation in no way renders religion obsolete. To the contrary, Hegel attributes to the practices of the religious community a vital role in shaping our intuitions about justice and about how society should be ordered. These religiously informed intuitions, however, are not fixed; they can be challenged by and evolve through encounters with others. Moreover, religious representations must find their justification in philosophy. Hegel thus connects religion to politics in a manner that accounts for and legitimates the political significance of religion without conceiving of religion as immune to criticism and challenge from a variety of sources.

Keywords: politics; intuitions; justice; challenge

Chapter.  7732 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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