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Philosophy Supplants Religion: The Teaching Of G. W. F. Hegel

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We saw that Spinoza, Lessing, and Kant revealed the importance of the historical dimension in philosophy, but with Hegel philosophy became identified with the history of culture. Hegel's philosophy continued along Fichte's path in its tendency to reconstruct Spinoza's pantheistic monism through a dialectical thoughtprocess. It led to a more radical outcome than Spinoza with respect to religion. In his zeal for philosophy, Hegel strove to overcome the limits of knowledge that had been laid down by Kant's epistemology. G. W. F. Hegel thought that in the modern age scientific and cultural development had matured and prepared the tools necessary for realizing Plato's total ambition. The time had arrived when philosophy could be completely liberated from the yoke of religion and capture the hegemony that was rightfully hers, in order to lead the culture to realizing the possibilities of progress.

Keywords: epistemology; G.W.F. Hegel; hegel philosophy; kant; spinzoa



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