The Heterodox Hegel

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“It is a work of great originality and enormous comprehension that imposes itself upon Hegel scholarship by its sheer intellectual power, its creative expression, and its staggering erudition.” — Louis Dupré, Yale University

“This work is original and brilliant as the first full-length study of the mystical background to Hegel. Cyril O’Regan’s work is a ground-breaking study that will enable readers of Hegel to understand him within the context of the mystical tradition that he claimed as his own. For he made no secret of his filiation with the esoteric strands of Christian mysticism and this was clearly the way he was understood by F. C. Bauer, as well as Feuerbach, Engels, Marx and many of his immediate successors. It has always struck me as a major lacuna in Hegel scholarship that such a study had not appeared. Now it has been filled in considerable measure.” — David Walsh, The Catholic University of America

“I find this book utterly fascinating to read. In many respects it read like a detective novel. Hegel continues to grow in importance, and the metaphysical/theological aspect of his thought, which he places at the center, remains, indeed, central. There are a number of good books in the area in English, but nothing quite as ambitious and comprehensive as this study. It is a milestone in the study of Hegel’s religious thought which no future work in the area will be able to ignore.” — Merold Westphal, Fordham University

“This is an outstanding study of Hegel’s philosophy of religion, exceptionally illuminating with respect to Hegel’s account of the Trinity and the sources of Hegel’s views. The author has an exceptional mastery of the entire tradition of speculative theology, a synoptic mastery of Hegel’s texts and the major commentaries in English, German and French.” — William Desmond, Loyola College

O'Regan religious studies, Yale U. argues for a theological reading of Hegel which clarifies the religious or theological species Hegel thinks can be brought into rapprochement with philosophy; unites a number of different approaches to Hegel which have proven fruitful, if incomplete; and, within the bounds of a systematic approach, addresses questions of a religio-theological type, including Hegel's relationship to the theology of Martin Luther, to the speculative mysticism of Jacob Boehme, to the mystical tradition in general, and to Gnosticism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791420065
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Series: SUNY Series in Hegelian Studies Series
  • Pages: 517
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cyril O’Regan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Louis Dupré


List of Abbreviations


Part 1. Ontotheological Foundations

Chapter 1. Hegelian Rendition of the Deus Revelatus of Christianity

Section 1.1 Against Negative Theology
Section 1.2 Narrative and the Deus Revelatus
Section 1.3 Trinity as Adequate Theological Articulation

Part 2. The Trinitarian Structuration of the Epochal Divine

Chapter 2. The First Narrative Epoch: The "Immanent Trinity"

Section 2.1 Hegelian Logic as Logica Divina
Section 2.2 The "Immanent Trinity" as Speculatively Informed Vorstellung: LPR and Other Hegelian Texts
Section 2.3 Trinitarian Swerve: Dynamic, Narrative Modalism

Chapter 3. The Second Narrative Epoch: Creation and The Epoch of the Son

Section 3.1 Hegelian Legitimation of the Representation of Creation
Section 3.2 Creation as Fall and Evil
Section 3.3 Hegelian Swerve from the Normative Christian Tradition

Chapter 4. Epochal Overlap: Incarnation and the Passion Narrative

Section 4.1 Hegel's Mature Christological Position: Trinitarian Contextualization of Theologia Crucis
Section 4.2 Deus Patibilis: Hegel and Luther: Agreement and Swerve

Chapter 5. The Third Narrative Epoch: The Moment or Kingdom of the Spirit

Section 5.1 Spiritual Community (Gemeinde): Corpus Mysticum
Section 5.2 Complex Mystical Determination: Complex Mystical Inflection

Chapter 6. The Third Narrative Epoch: The Inclusive Trinity

Section 6.1 Holy Spirit—Spirit: Spirit—"Immanent Trinity"
Section 6.2 The Genre of Hegelian Apocalypse
Section 6.3 The Genre of Hegelian Theodicy

Part 3. Narrative and Logico-Conceptual Articulation

Chapter 7. Representation and Concept: Speculative Rewriting

Section 7.1 Representation and Concept in Hegel's Mature Works
Section 7.2 Agents of Speculative Rewriting
Section 7.3 Hegel and the Perdurance of Narrative




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