Hegel on Logic and Religion

The Reasonableness of Christianity

By John W. Burbidge

Subjects: Hegel
Series: SUNY series in Hegelian Studies
Paperback : 9780791410189, 184 pages, August 1992
Hardcover : 9780791410172, 184 pages, August 1992

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Table of contents


1. Lessing's Ditch: A Preface


2. The First Chapter of Hegel's Larger Logic

3. Transition or Reflection

4. Where is the Place of Understanding?

5. The Necessity of Contingency


6. Challenge to Hegel: Contraries and Contradictories in Schelling's Late Philosophy

7. Is Hegel a Rationalist or an Empiricist?

8. Concept and Time in Hegel

9. The Inequity of Equality


10. 'Unhappy Consciousness' in Hegel: An Analysis of Medieval Catholicism?

11. God, Man, and Death in Hegel's Phenomenology

12. The Syllogisms of Revealed Religion

13. Is Hegel a Christian?




A distinction often missed by Hegelian interpreters is that, for Hegel, logic functions differently when it is applied to the contingencies of nature and history. Burbidge shows that Hegel did not claim to have reached the end of history. The future is open.


"John Burbidge is widely respected for his book, On Hegel's Logic. This book continues his interest in logic, with special application to the reasonableness of Christianity. It is well organized into three major areas: logic; logic applied; and Christianity. It will enhance the respect in which he is held as a Hegel scholar. " — William Desmond