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The Owl of Minerva

Volume 49, Issue 1/2, 2017/2018

Peter C. Hodgson
Pages 23-37
DOI: 10.5840/owl2017/18491/21

Hegel on the Proofs, Personhood, and Freedom of God

The paper expresses appreciation for Williams's fine study, which restores Hegel's lectures on the philosophy of religion and on the proofs of the existence of God to a central place in his system, and rejects the anti-metaphysical reading of Hegel that is regnant today. The paper attempts to show how the proofs are co-constitutive and self-supporting. It demonstrates the importance to Hegel of both the concrete historical "this" and the community of faith. It ends with reflections on Hegel's lectures on the philosophy of world history, which offer an interpretation as to how God is efficaciously present in history without violating the fabric of history.