Hegel on the Proofs and the Personhood of God: Studies in Hegel’s Logic and Philosophy of Religion


This book integrates materials from several major sources into a sustained exposition of the proofs and the personhood of God, considering Hegel’s critique of Kant, focusing on and replying to Kant’s attack on the theological proofs, offering the first thorough analysis of Hegel’s Lectures on the Proofs of the Existence of God.

Hegel’s analysis of his culture identifies nihilistic tendencies in modernity i.e., the death of God and end of philosophy. Philosophy and religion have both become hollowed out to such an extent that traditional disputes between faith and reason become impossible because neither philosophy nor religion any longer possesses any content about which there could be any dispute; this is nihilism. Hegel responds to this situation with a renewal of the ontological argument (Logic) and ontotheology, which takes the form of philosophical trinitarianism.

This book examines Hegel’s recasting of the theological proofs as the elevation of spirit to God and defense of their content against the criticisms of Kant and Jacobi. It also considers the issue of divine personhood in the Logic and Philosophy of Religion. It reflects Hegel’s antiformalism that seeks to win back determinate content for truth (Logic) and the concept of God. While the personhood of God was the issue that divided the Hegelian school into left-wing and right-wing factions, the author claims both sides fail as interpretations.


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