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Hegel's Political Theology - Andrew Shanks

Hegel's Political Theology

Hardcover Published: 25th October 1991
ISBN: 9780521403214
Number Of Pages: 252

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This study begins with an examination of Milan Kundera's concept of 'kitsch', which is defined and investigated in his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The author here describes this concept as 'the cliche which bonds the crowd together - the means by which the thought control of the hierarchy or peer group is dressed up, internalised, and rendered seductive'. Dr Shanks relates kitsch and its dangers to the thought of Hegel, whom he regards as a religious reformer wrestling with the issue at the deepest level. What, he asks, is required to rescue the Christian gospel from its pervasive corruption, which takes the form either of ecclesiastical authoritarianism, or else a privatised, 'atomistic' spirituality? The author shows Hegel's answer to be two-fold. It involves, on the one hand, a decisive theological re-evaluation of the secular political realm; and on the other, a philosophical clarification of the inner truth of the Incarnation - a strictly 'inclusive' christology. This book sets out to show the centrality of such a practical concern to Hegel's systematic theoretical enterprise as a whole.

"...the present work represents the emergence of a significant new voice in Hegelian interpretation." Theological Studies

Hegel's christology: 'The Spectulative Mid-Point of Philosophy'
Philosophy and dogmatics
Christology and history
Hegel's political theology
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ISBN: 9780521403214
ISBN-10: 0521403219
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 25th October 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54