Hegel on Religion and Politics

Edited by Angelica Nuzzo

Subjects: Hegel, Philosophy, Religion And Politics, German Idealism, History Of Philosophy
Paperback : 9781438445663, 247 pages, January 2014
Hardcover : 9781438445656, 247 pages, January 2013

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Table of contents

List of Abbreviations
Angelica Nuzzo
1. Hegel and the Consecrated State
Mark Tunick
2. The State as a “Temple of Human Freedom”: Hegel on Religion and Politics
Rachel Bayefsky
3. Religion and the Dialectic of the Enlightenment
William Maker
4. Hegel’s Defense of Toleration
Timothy Brownlee
5. Hegel, the Political, and the Theological: The Question of Islam
Kevin Thompson
6. The Active Fanaticism of Political and Religious Life: Hegel on Terror and Islam
Will Dudley
7. The Inseparability of Love and Anguish: Hegel’s Theological Critique of Modernity
Robert R. Williams
8. The Place of Nationality in Hegel’s Philosophy of Politics and Religion: A Defense of Hegel on the Charges of National Chauvinism and Racism
Nicholas Mowad
9. Philosophy, Religion, and the Politics of Bildung in Hegel and Feuerbach
Todd Gooch
10. Religion, Civil Society, and the System of an Ethical World: Hegel on the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Andrew Buchwalter
About the Contributors

Critical essays on Hegel's views concerning the relationship between religion and politics.


Although scholars have written extensively on Hegel's treatment of religion and politics separately, much less has been written about the connections between the two in his thought. Religion in Hegel's philosophy occupies a difficult position relative to politics, existing both within the ethical and historical reality of the state and at the same time maintaining an absolute, transcendent identity. In addition, Hegel's views on the relationship between the two were often revised and refined over time in both his written works and his lectures. His thinking on the subject, however, provides a fascinating look at an element of his practical philosophy that was as controversial in his time as it is in ours. This book highlights various approaches to this intersection in Hegel's thought and evaluates its relevance to contemporary problems, considering issues such as religious pluralism and tolerance, conflicts between Islam and Christianity, and tensions between the secular and religious state.

Angelica Nuzzo is Professor of Philosophy at both the Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She is the author of Ideal Embodiment: Kant's Theory of Sensibility and Kant and the Unity of Reason, and editor of Hegel and the Analytic Tradition.


"…the volume is well-argued and lucidly written … [it] provides innovative theoretical understandings on Hegel's political thought and is recommended for students of philosophy, political science and religious studies. " — Political Studies Review

"Highly recommended. " — CHOICE