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Transcending Subjects: Augustine, Hegel, and Theology

Transcending Subjects: Augustine, Hegel, and Theology

Geoffrey Holsclaw

ISBN: 978-1-119-16302-2

Feb 2016, Wiley-Blackwell

256 pages



Transcending Subjects: Augustine, Hegel and Theology engages the seminal figures of Hegel and Augustine around the theme of subjectivity, with consideration toward the theology and politics of freedom. 

Acknowledgements ix

Citations and Abbreviations x

Introduction 1

Part I Hegel—Self-Transcending Immanence 15

1 Hegel in Contemporary Political Philosophy 17

Introduction 17

Evolutionary Social Practices: Autonomy through Sociality 19

Revolutionary Radical Act: Autonomy against Sociality 27

Conclusion 38

2 Consciousness and Freedom: Logic and Phenomenology of Spirit 43

Introduction 43

Nothing Is Infinite: Science of Logic 45

Infinite Self]Consciousness: Phenomenology of Spirit 62

Beyond Nothing and the Unfathomable 89

Conclusion 93

3 Society and Freedom: Philosophy of Right 103

Introduction 103

The Subject and Substance of Politics 104

The Institutions of Ethical Life: Family, Civil Society, and State 115

The Limits of Self-Transcending Immanence 118

Conclusion 124

Part II Augustine—Self-Immanenting Transcendence 129

4 Augustine in Contemporary Political Theology 131

Introduction 131

Ontological Peace: Transcendence against Liberalism 133

Ordered Love: Transcendence for Liberalism 144

Conclusion 151

5 Conversion and Freedom: Confessions 155

Introduction 155

Conversion of the Will: Conflict and Intervention 160

Conversion of the Will: Community and Intervention 169

Conversion of Creation: Christ as Intervention 178

Conclusion 185

6 Society and Freedom: City of God 192

Introduction 192

Earthly City and the Lust for Domination 198

Justice and Res Publica 205

Justice, Love, and Sacrifice 208

Love and the World 215

Conclusion 222

Conclusion 230

Index 239