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Hegel's IndiaA Reinterpretation, with Texts$
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Aakash Singh Rathore and Rimina Mohapatra

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199468270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468270.001.0001

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Hegel’s India Writings

Hegel’s India Writings

Art, Religion, and Philosophy

(p.33) 4 Hegel’s India Writings
Hegel's India

Aakash Singh Rathore

Rimina Mohapatra

Oxford University Press

Hegel examines instances of Indian Art, Religion, and Philosophy and avers that they are based on pantheistic, pictorial, representative understanding, and not adequately speculative or conceptual. To him, the Indian Absolute or Brahman (end or object of Art, Religion, and Philosophy) is abstract, universal, measureless, undifferentiated, with no concrete content, and expresses an empty, unconscious, unreflected unity. Indian art expresses the “fantastic symbolic”. Indian religion fuses nature with God—Hegel asks for a transition from the oneness of pure subjectivity within itself found in this religion of nature or fantasy to the objective religion of concrete freedom, where God is Spirit. The chapter surveys these key themes and argues that this uncharitable reading is consistent with the constant differentiation that Hegel seeks to achieve for his own system.

Keywords:   Indian Art, Religion, and Philosophy, pantheistic, pictorial, representative vs. speculative, conceptual, Indian Absolute, Brahman, God, fantastic symbolic, abstract, measureless universal, empty, unconscious, unreflected unity, Religion of Nature or Fantasy, pure subjectivity, objective religion, concrete determination, particular, Spirit and freedom, Sankhya-Yoga and Nyaya-Vaisheshika, Hindu trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva)

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