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Divine Subjectivity

Understanding Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion

Originally published in 1990 and available now in paperback for the first time, Dale Schlitt’s classic work Divine Subjectivity is a detailed account of Hegel’s religious thought. The first part of Schlitt’s study analyzes the historical importance of transcripts of Hegel’s lectures that emerged in the 1980s, then, Schlitt presents Hegel’s concepts of religion, determinate religion, and consummate religion. The volume concludes with a discussion of Hegel’s takes on the Trinity, Incarnation, and the Kingdom of God. Divine Subjectivity is an ideal resource for students seeking a guide through the so-called Hegelian thicket.
“This book is lucid, closely argued, and fulfills a clear need in pointing out the wider relevance of Hegel’s religious thought.”—John Walker, Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain

275 pages | 6 x 9

Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion

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“Schlitt’s careful scholarship makes this book a reliable tool for anyone who wants to work seriously with the new edition of the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion.”

John W. Burbidge | Hegel-Studien

“If Hegel’s philosophical reinterpretation of Christian belief really is as central to Hegel’s whole project as Schlitt’s account suggests, then Professor Schlitt’s stimulating reflections on how to read the texts of Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion will raise in his readers’ minds a host of questions about some of the most central issues in the reception of Hegel’s thought.”

John Walker | Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain

“A very good initiation to the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion. . . . Those who are already familiar with Hegel’s thought will also profit from the work’s excellent documentation and the many more specialized analyses, especially as found in the last and longest of the work’s three parts.”

Emilio Brito | Revue théologique de Louvain

Table of Contents


I. Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion Lecture Texts

            1. Critical Editions—Continuing the Hegel Renaissance

II. Hegel’s Tripartite Philosophy or Religion

            2. The Concept of Religion

            3. Determinate Religion

            4. The Consummate Religion

III. Hegel’s Religious Dialectic of Identity and Difference

            5. Identity and Religion

            6. The Whole Truth: Trinity

            7. Incarnation and Otherness

            8. The Kingdom of God


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