AW: Re: [hegel] The historical situation--conclusion
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Datum: 07.01.2011 15:56
Re: [hegel] The historical situation--conclusion
"The most important sign that these positive dogmas have lost much
their importance is that in the main these doctrines are treated
Is there a puzzle here? I see what
he means: to treat religious
doctrine historically (cf anthropologically) is to hollow it out.
But so much of Hegel's
non-hollow exposition is historical. As with
world history and the history of philosophy.
And as for the history of
theology: "The different positions are as
follows: a) immediate religion, b) the enlightenment of the
and c) the rational cognition of religion."
(p 489 of Hodgson's one volume ed of the Lectures of 1827,)
ever confront the contrast between the historical method
that dissolves "importance" and his own historical method,
My apologies, John, if this is too tangential.
More apologies are in order.
I did not pay
adequate attention to the subsequent paragraph!
E.g.: "The absolute way in which these doctrines were formed--out of
the depths of spirit--is forgotten..." Really slack on my part.
It has to do with agency.
So, for Hegel
it is important how history is treated. If something is treated historically it has lost meaning for the present and
therefore there is no history at all but only present which is merely a new absolute without relation to history. Such
a treating of history is a rational abstraction or a nostalgic narrative or both. Hegel's treating of history, however,
is to save the spirit in the historical development what gives justice to the past absolute in the present. For Hegel
history is not a past since spirit does not now 'past - present - future' but the sublation of what was in what is and
what will come. Hegel does discuss this in the preliminary passages of the "Lectures on the Philosophy of History".