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Hegel's Social EthicsReligion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation$
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Molly Farneth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691171906

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691171906.001.0001

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Commitment, Conversation, and Contestation

Commitment, Conversation, and Contestation

(p.101) Chapter Six Commitment, Conversation, and Contestation
Hegel's Social Ethics

Molly Farneth

Princeton University Press

This chapter addresses the relationship between religion and philosophy. It responds to the worry that Hegel's claims about authority collapse into a naturalist view of norms and normativity that is incompatible with respect for religious difference. The chapter engages with the work of contemporary Christian theologians concerned with the nature of authority, and argues for the relevance of the Hegelian account to these concerns. While the Hegelian standpoint is at odds with some religious views, it embraces a set of practices for engaging with one another across such differences and disagreements. The chapter also outlines what it means to be committed to a belief, practice, or form of life and how, on this account, conflicts are to be confronted and, at times, resolved.

Keywords:   religion, philosophy, G. W. F. Hegel, naturalist view, normativity, religious difference, Christian theologians, authority, belief

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