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Shapes of Freedom: Hegel's Philosophy of World History in Theological Perspective

Peter C. Hodgson


Hegel’s bold vision of history as the progress of the consciousness of freedom is engaged by this book. Following an introductory chapter on the textual sources, the key categories, and the modes of writing history that Hegel distinguishes, the book interprets Hegel to be saying the following: Freedom is not simply a human production but takes shape through the interweaving of the divine idea and human passions, and such freedom defines the purpose of historical events in the midst of apparent chaos. Freedom is also a process that unfolds through stages of historical/cultural development and i ... More

Keywords: divine idea, evil, freedom, human passions, Hegel, history, process, purpose, reconciliation, suffering, tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654956
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter C. Hodgson, author
Vanderbilt University (Emeritus)