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Hegel's Interpretation of the Religions of the WorldThe Logic of the Gods$
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Jon Stewart

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829492

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829492.001.0001

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The Egyptian Religion

The Egyptian Religion

The Religion of Mystery

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(p.168) 7 The Egyptian Religion
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Hegel's Interpretation of the Religions of the World
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Jon Stewart

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829492.003.0008

Hegel refers to the Egyptians’ belief system as “The Religion of Mystery” or, with an alternative translation, “The Religion of the Enigma.” With this designation he intends to emphasize the hidden or secret nature of much of the Egyptian religion. Hegel’s analysis of the Egyptian cult of the dead sheds light on one of the seminal issues in the development of the Hegel schools in the 1830s and ’40s, namely, the question of whether he had a theory of immortality. Hegel’s positive assessment of the Egyptian belief in immortality affords important insight into the nature of his own thought on this issue. Chapter 7 argues that this analysis reveals that Hegel did in fact have a theory of immortality, albeit an unorthodox one, that constitutes an important part of his overarching theory of the development of subjective freedom.

Keywords:   Egyptian religion, Osiris, immortality, sphinx, hieroglyphics, symbolism, zoolatry, the goddess Neith

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