David Kolb

Hegel and Religion: Avoiding Double Truth, Twice

Publication: Journal of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, no. 65: 71-87.

Hegel seems to say that philosophy supersedes religion, bringing out the rational truth hidden in religious myths. Yet both are final expressions of absolute spirit. I compare him to the medieval “double truth” dispute (Aquinas versus the Paris Averroists) on whether both religion and science could be true even when science contradicted religious dogmas. Hegel’s views turn out to be unexpectedly subtle.

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