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Module code: PH845
Credits: 10
Semester: 2
Department: PHILOSOPHY
International: No
Coordinator: Prof. William Desmond (PHILOSOPHY)
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Hegel has been called the last great ĎChristianí philosopher. Some have disputed this and see him as an important influence in shaping modern atheism. A central aspect of the significance of Hegelís philosophy, therefore, has to do with his relation to religion. This module examines the essential themes of Hegelís philosophy of religion, from early beginnings to more mature expression, looking at Hegelís effort to comprehend all religions as contributing to the revelation of God or the absolute, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Greek and Roman religions. We will pay attention to the special place he claims Christianity has, as well as his attempt to Ďgo beyondí Christianity in his philosophical system (something Kierkegaard passionately rejected). We will look at his Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, lectures which contributed to him being the most famous philosopher in Berlin in his later period (the 1820s) and also at the continuing legacy of these lectures, especially in the hands of atheistic thinkers like Ludwig Feuerbach and Karl Marx, and the major questions his thinking still poses for us today. Use will be made of Hegelís Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, 1827 (Oxford University Press, 2006).

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