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Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel$
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Thomas A. Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199595594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595594.001.0001

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Spirit and/in History

Spirit and/in History

(p.179) 5 Spirit and/in History
Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel

Thomas Lewis

Oxford University Press

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

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