Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion, by Rudolf J. Siebert. Edited by Dustin J. Byrd.

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Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion: For over fifty years, the critical theorist and professor of comparative religion, Rudolf J. Siebert (b. 1927) has developed his Critical Theory of Religion and Society out of the Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory. Siebert’s Hegelian thought has developed in conversation with Christian Theology, German Idealism, Comparative Religion, Political-Economics, Sociology, Psychoanalysis, and History. In this volume, Siebert demonstrates the centrality of Hegel in the Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory, and develops it further in his emancipatory “Dialectical Religiology.” As philosophers once again turn to Hegel in our troubled times, this book will prove to be a foundational study of the German philosopher of dialectics.

Rudolf J. Siebert is Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where taught at WMU for over 50 years in the Comparative Religion Department and the Department of Sociology. He is the founder of the Critical Theory of Religion and Society. He was the chair of two international conferences: The annual “Future of Religion” conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the annual “Religion and Civil Society” conference in Yalta, Ukraine. He also founded the Center for Humanistic Future Studies at Western Michigan University. He is also a member of the Institute for Critical Social Theory. In 2019, Siebert retired from teaching at WMU, but has continued to write and publish on Critical Theory and other related issues. Additional information about Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert can be found at: www.dialectical-religion.org

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Hardcover. 349 Pages.

Published: August, 2021.

ISBN: 978-1-7350576-5-1

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Table of Contents

1) Prologue

2) Introduction: Beyond the Dialectic of Infinite and Finite: Nature and Spirit: Atonement & Reconciliation

3) The Hegel Reception in Horkheimer and Adorno's Critical Theory: Determinate Negation and Theology

4) Christianity as Absolute or Relative Religion: From Hegel to Horkheimer, Benjamin, Adorno, and Habermas

5) Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's Theodicy: The Negative in World History and its Negation

6) Hegel's Political Theology: Liberation

7) From Aquinas to Hegel: The Principle of Subjectivity

8) Work and Religion in Hegel's Thought

9) From G.W.F. Hegel's Absolute-Idealistic to Max Horkheimer's Critical-Materialistic Conception of the Philosophy of History: Scientific Justification of Metaphysics, Dialectical Method, Progress in Philosophy, Revolution in Society.

10) The Critique of Force in Right and State: From Hegel through Benjamin and Marcuse to Habermas

11) Hegel and the Rebellion and Counter-Rebellion of Youth

12) The Negativity of Modern Art: As the Negation of the Negativity of Modern Society – From Hegel to Adorno

13) Hegel on the Dialectic of Civil Society: Alternative Futures

14) The Future of Marriage and Family: Withering Away or Restructuring?

15) Three Alternative Futures: Hegel's Philosophy of Society and History

16) Hegel's Program of Reconciliation: Religious and Secular Consciousness

17) Acknowledgements

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