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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter examines one of the most contested elements of Hegel’s corpus, his mature treatment of religion in his Berlin Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion. Emphasizing the need to approach the lectures in context, this chapter first situates Hegel’s philosophy of religion within his larger philosophical project. Doing so both illuminates why the material’s significance has been so debated and highlights what should and should not be assumed at the outset of the lectures. Paying careful attention to Hegel’s structuring of the project, the chapter works through his treatments of the concept of religion, cognition of the absolute, religious practice, the history of religions, and Christianity. The analysis of part two of the lectures, Determinate Religion, closely examines Hegel’s conception of the manifestation of religion. The treatment of the Christian cultus, or community, stresses the connection Hegel develops (by 1827) between this community and modern social and political life.

Keywords: Christianity, community, religion, cultus, determinate religion, Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, philosophy of religion, practice

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