<span class="smallCaps">five</span> Beautiful Life: Mendelssohn, Hegel, and Rosenzweig

Bruce Rosenstock

in Philosophy and the Jewish Question

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231294
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235520 | DOI:
five Beautiful Life: Mendelssohn, Hegel, and             Rosenzweig

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This chapter discusses Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's early theological writings, with special attention to The Spirit of Christianity and its Fate. Hegel considered Immanuel Kant's religion of reason to be too “sublime,” too far removed from the “beauty” of a this-worldly communion of worshipers who had overcome their empirical particularity not by joining a noumenal Kingdom of Ends but by loving one another. Hegel turns to Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment in order to find an alternative model of how infinity and finitude can be joined in the beauty of organic form. Hegel builds his conception of Christianity as the religion of beauty against the ugliness of Judaism, a religion of lifeless, loveless individualities whose existence is premised on the worthlessness of all of nature in comparison with their abstract God.

Keywords: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Immanuel Kant; religion; reason; Christianity; Judaism; nature; God; infinity; finitude

Chapter.  17241 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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