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Jon Stewart, An Introduction to Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University Press, 2022, 277pp., $100.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780192842930.
Reviewed by Reed Winegar, Fordham University
This book provides a highly readable introduction to Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, focused in particular on Hegel’s concern with determinate content in the context of religion. In the Phenomenology of Spirit, Hegel famously derides philosophers who take the Absolute to be beyond all determination and who, consequently, conceive of the Absolute as “the night in which all cows are black.” Similarly, in the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, Hegel criticizes religious views that sap all determinate content from the concept of God. In the Lectures, Hegel aims to overcome such views by presenting the history of religion in terms of the development of the concept of God, a development which Hegel takes to culminate in Christianity’s doctrine of the…
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