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Religion And Order: Philosophical Reflections From Augustine To Hegel On The Spiritual Sources Of Law And Politics

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The religious dimension of politics and the political dimension of religion are topics that are increasingly being (re)discovered and debated nowadays. This chapter presents a philosophical analysis of the theological-political problem, for as far as it is relevant for law and morality. It makes a few preliminary, provisional conceptual definitions and distinctions that may, hopefully, elucidate the complex field of religion and order in society. The chapter discusses a concise philosophical exploration of what can be recognised as 'strong theoretical positions' corroborating and legitimizing these practices, centring around the work of Augustine and Hegel. In the history of religion and order in society and man, as well as in the critical (philosophical and theological) reflection on its meaning, several phases, eo ipso theoretical positions can be discerned. The history and writings of ancient Israel shows a unique and decisive breach with Mesopotamian and Egyptian consubstantiality.

Keywords: Augustine; Hegel; Israel; order; religion



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