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International Conference: Hegel, Religion and Politic – Issues and Actuality

Date: Friday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Saint Paul University, Room L120

International Conference Hegel, Religion and PoliticsIn the preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), G.W.F. Hegel stresses that his time is one of deep transformations affecting the very principles, beliefs and, more generally, the “worldview” (Weltanschauung) that have shaped the whole set of institutions constituting the Western world. Among those transformations, the ones altering religion and politics appeared to him as crucially important. It is therefore no surprise that, from his early theological writings to his late systematic works, Hegel wrote extensively about the disruptions that were profoundly transforming the manner in which his contemporaries understood the relationship between church and state, the divine and the human, and the sacred and the secular. 

More than two centuries have elapsed since Hegel explored the religious and political transformations that shook Europe in the aftermath of the French Revolution. However, in the past few decades, several thinkers and philosophers have defended the relevance of Hegel’s religious and political philosophy. Indeed, although it has often been argued that Hegel’s religious and political thought appeared to be outdated by Marxism or by political liberalism, many philosophers now propose that it contains the conceptual resources needed to best understand the complexity of the diverse transformations that are affecting the relationship between politics and religion in the contemporary world.

Our speakers will address the issues and actuality of Hegel’s thought. To consult the preliminary program, follow the link.

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