Hegel’s Trinitarian Claim: A Critical Reflection


Hegel’s philosophical interpretation of Trinity as a dialectically developing movement of Spirit is one of the most profound readings of Trinity in Western thought. In Hegel’s Trinitarian Claim, Dale M. Schlitt provides a careful, detailed presentation of this claim in Hegel’s major published works and in his lectures on the philosophy of religion, taking a critical look at how Hegel presents his claim that to think of God as subject and person one must think of God as Trinity. Although agreeing with Hegel’s conclusion, Schlitt argues on the basis of an immanent critique of Hegel’s thought that Hegel is not able to defend that claim in the way in which he proposes to do so. Schlitt argues instead that Hegel’s trinitarian claim can be justified when Spirit is no longer seen as a movement of thought but as a movement of enriching experience. This close analysis provides an excellent point of entry into the wider study and critical consideration of Hegel’s systematic philosophical project as a whole. Originally published in 1984, this edition features a new preface and postscript.


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