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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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(p.248) Conclusion
Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel

Thomas Lewis

Oxford University Press

The Conclusion pulls together the elements of Hegel's philosophy of religion, highlighting the way in which it unites elements — such as feeling and reason, habituation and freedom, as well as belief and practice — that are taken to be incompatible alternatives in many conceptions of religion. It thus presents an important alternative to the family of conceptions that still do so much to shape both academic and public discourse. The final section of the conclusion begins to explore further contemporary implications of Hegel's account of formation through practices and representations. Attending to precisely what makes Christianity the consummate religion for Hegel shows that the tradition's merely particular features could in principle transform. Moreover, Hegel ultimately provides conceptual tools for considering how a range of social practices that are not conventionally considered religious might fulfill the roles that he attributes to the consummate religion.

Keywords:   implications, belief, practice, freedom, feeling, reason

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