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Doing the Work of Spirit

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Between Dancing and Writing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224036
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823224036.003.0004
Doing the Work of Spirit

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This chapter discusses Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's effort to reformulate the relationship between reason and experience, and on this new ground develops a “science” or philosophy of religion capable of securing a critical affirmation of “religion”. Embracing the perspectives he identifies in Kant and Schleiermacher, Hegel conceives of the relationship between reason and experience as a dialectical movement, progressing through history towards “Absolute Knowing”. The discussion explains how Hegel uses his concept of spirit to ground a science of religion that is both objective and empathetic in its reflections on religion. For Hegel, philosophical writing, defined over and against theology, is the practice through which that reconciliation between religion and the scientific study of it occurs.

Keywords: Hegel; Kant; Schleiermacher; science; philosophy; spirit

Chapter.  6971 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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