Freedom and Tradition in Hegel

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"Freedom and Tradition in Hegel stands at the intersection of three vital currents in contemporary ethics: debates over philosophical anthropology and its significance for ethics, reevaluations of tradition and modernity, and a resurgence of interest in Hegel. Thomas A. Lewis engages these three streams of thought in light of Hegel's recently published Vorlesungen uber die Philosophie des Geistes. Drawing extensively on these lectures, Lewis addresses an important lacuna in Hegelian scholarship by first providing a systematic analysis of Hegel's philosophical anthropology and then examining its fundamental role in Hegel's ethical and religious thought." This fresh interpretation of Hegel's work provides a challenging new perspective on his ethical and religious thought. It will be of significant value to students and scholars in religious studies, philosophy, and political theory.
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"Lewis's work is carefully grounded in current Hegel scholarship and should serve to open up new avenues for the consideration of Hegel's ethical-political thought. It makes Hegel's views accessible in such a way that we may hope that those working in contemporary ethics find reason to reconsider, or consider for the first time, the insight into ethical life that Hegel offers." —Journal of the History of Philosophy

". . . The latest book by Thomas A. Lewis is amongst the finest contributions to this intellectual wave. ...his book is an outstanding contribution to the current research on Hegel.... Lewis is impressive in combining thorough research on Hegel with some of the most important questions of contemporary philosophy. ...Lewis's study is a very valuable and important piece of scholarship which cannot be ignored in the further debate and deserves a wide readership amongst Hegel-scholars and contemporary philosophers alike." —Ars Disputandi

“This book sets out to fill a lacuna in the received picture of Hegel’s thought, namely, the lack of secondary attention to the moment of ‘subjective Spirit’ in the development of the system. . . . Lewis’s approach is careful and deliberative, and will do much to help scholars to a more adequate understanding of this central figure in modern thought.” —Scottish Journal of Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268033682
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS A. LEWIS is assistant professor in the Committee on the Study of Religion and the Divinity School at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

1 Developing toward spirit : logic, nature, and human beings 21
2 Habit : the first overcoming of natural determination 47
3 The I and the individual 61
4 Pursuing reconciliation : theoretical and practical spirit 79
5 From anthropology to ethics (1) : theory and practice 115
6 From anthropology to ethics (2) : tradition, criticism, and freedom 135
7 Equality, differentiation, and the universal estate 163
8 Reconciling tradition, authority, and freedom : anthropology in the philosophy of religion 187
Postscript : tragedy or liberation? 205
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