Toward a Reconsideration of the Role of Love in Hegel: An Analysis

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Introduction According to Redding (2012), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in 1770 in Stuttgard. He spend several years as a theology student and formed friendships that would support him in his journey towards becoming one of the major figures on the German philosophical scene. Hegel is part of the period of "German idealism," which followed in the decades after Kant. Hegel's starting point tended towards the "logical," which evolved in his political and social philosophy. This is also the case in his essay "The Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate," in which Hegel considers the way in which the sense of Christian community experienced by the early church has become lost for the modern person. This is then the premise of the discussion offered by Alice Ormiston in her article "The Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate: Toward a Reconsideration of the Role of Love in Hegel. This article considers the evolution of Hegel's idea of love and whether or not this ideal still has a place in the heart and mind of the modern Christian. An analysis reveals that the article does not only offer some interesting and unusual ideas in itself, but also offers fertile grounds for further investigation. Summary The introduction of the article states that Hegel's essay is an attempt by the author to come to terms with modern individuality in terms of individual subjectivity. What this means for his analysis of Christianity is that Hegel seeks answers to the question of the relative

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