Abductive Inference, Autonomy, and the Faith of Abraham

In Interpreting Abraham. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. pp. 101-130 (2014)
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Abstract

I provide an analysis of Hegel's interpretation of the faith exemplified in Abraham's journey to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice his son. I do so by looking at changes in Hegel's discussion of this episode in the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion that were given over the last decade of his career. In the process of tracing the contours of the development of Hegel's thinking on this issue I argue that his social philosophy, on which persons are first and foremost creatures of rational self-determination, is informed by his understanding of logic and metaphysics, and I suggest some of the rationalist and romantic elements animating Hegel's thought remain viable today.

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Preston Stovall
University of Hradec Králové

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