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Love And Violence: Dialectical Reflections On The Phenomenology Of The Crusade

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The phenomenon of the crusade (and of religious violence in general) confronts us with a serious problem and - what G.W.F.Hegel calls - 'an awe inspiring contrast'. This chapter starts with Hegel's phenomenology of the crusade; in particular with his dwelling on the subject in the Phänomenologie des Geistes and in his Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Geschichte. It gives an exposition of Hegel's own relentless crusade, in his early Geist des Christentums und sein Schicksal in relation to the spirit of the Jewish faith, the law of the Jewish religion and the importance of the law. It shows, in reference to Jacques Derrida's more Jewish reading of the importance of the law, in what alternative way it can be thought of, not just as an institution that is bound to limit our freedom, our justice and love, but (on the contrary) as an absolutely essential, quasi-transcendental precondition for love.

Keywords: crusade; G.W.F.Hegel; Jewish religion; love; violence; Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Geschichte



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