WTSTW 2020: Hegel, modern ideologies and rational history

Classes, Lessons, Workshops and Talks

23 Apr 2020

Dr Knox Peden explores the influence of German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, and his idea of where the truth of Christianity is to be found.

From nationalism to liberalism to communism, the German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel (born in 1770) inspired a variety of modern ideologies that share at least one thing in common: the notion that history is rational, and that it becomes ever more so the more we recognize it as such.

This talk will explore this theme in Hegel’s philosophy by looking at its basis in his critique of religion, and in particular his idea that the truth of Christianity is to be found not in its explicit tenets but instead in its worldly history as a set of communal practices.

In this, Hegel sought to carry over the redemptive element in Christianity while making manifest an alternative basis for it. The consequences of this effort remain open to debate.


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23 Apr 2020

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