Monday, 31 December 2018

Jean Wahl and Hegel-scholarship in the Age of Existentialism (Part One)

The first edition of Wahl's book on Hegel.
This is the first of two posts on French Hegel-scholar Jean Wahl's work on Hegel in which he presents religion as more influential than political or economic struggle in Hegel's account of the development of self-conscious life.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Lukács and Hegel on Teleology

György Lukács (1885-1971)
This post considers the theological implications of apparent purpose in nature in the light of Hegel-scholar György Lukacs’ analysis of teleology and the human labour process.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Wilhelm Dilthey's final reading of Hegel


The following notes are from an article by Marie-Jeanne Konigson-Montain, «Dilthey lecteur de Hegel» [Dilthey reader of Hegel], in the collection Autour de Hegel, hommage à Bernard Bourgeois (2000) on the influence of Hegel on changes in Dilthey's last writings that gave a greater role in mental life to a reason informed by historical knowledge.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Wilhelm Dilthey's Hegel as seen by György Lukács

Statue of György Lukács by Imre Varga in Budapest.
This post considers Hungarian critic György Lukács’ (1885-1971) reading of Wilhelm Dilthey on Hegel’s Frankfurt period. Lukács’ trenchant materialist analysis of Hegel is at odds with Dilthey’s predominantly religious interpretation, so his concessions to it are worth considering.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Wilhelm Dilthey on the content of Hegel's "objective idealism"

Dilthey's Life of Schleiermacher (1870).
This post is a summary with extensive direct citations of Wilhelm Dilthey's interpretation of Hegel's religious views in his Frankfurt period, which Dilthey regarded as decisive for Hegel's later development.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Wilhelm Dilthey on the origins of Hegel's "objective idealism"

Spanish edition of Wilhelm Dilthey's Works.

This blog summarizes Wilhelm Dilthey's account of the origins of the "objective idealist" or "mystical pantheist" views that he attributes to Hegel from around 1796. It includes discussion of the concept of "life" as the context of ratiocination. This sheds light on Hegel's early move from a reductive view of religion to the more empathetic account of Christian life in his published works.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wilhelm Dilthey on Hegel's "Grundfragment"

Hegels Theologische Jugendschriften (1907)

This post analyses a manuscript sketch by Hegel for his early essay The Spirit of Christianity and its Fate, based on the account Wilhelm Dilthey gives of it. The subjects covered include the origins of Christianity and some criticisms of Kant's philosophy.