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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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Cultivating Our Intuitions

Cultivating Our Intuitions

Hegel on Religion, Politics, and Public Discourse

(p.232) 7 Cultivating Our Intuitions
Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel

Thomas Lewis

Oxford University Press

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

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