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2010 – Hegel and Religion

University of Sydney, Australia
14 – 15 September, 2010

Sponsored by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney.

Hegel occupies a critical position within the history of modern Western attitudes to God and religion. Traditionally, Hegel's philosophy had been regarded as an expression, perhaps the last and most luxuriant, of the world-view that inextricably linked orthodox theological and metaphysical notions. However, according to some more recent interpretations, Hegel's "absolute idealism" should be thought of as advancing the spirit of Kant's critical project beyond the problems of the "letter" within which it had been expressed. The conference aims at addressing various issues related to Hegel’s account of religion, and at showing the relevance of Hegel’s approach for contemporary debates over religion.


  • Stephen Houlgate (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Maurizio Pagano (University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy)
  • Paul Redding (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • David Kolb (Bates College)

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2009 – Symposium: Religion, Aesthetics and Poetics in the Post-Kantian Tradition

Inaugural Symposium
Friday, 14 August 2009
9.30am – 6.30pm,
Refectory, Quadrangle, A14
University of Sydney.

Recently, philosophical attention has been increasingly directed to the nexus between two movements emerging at the end of the eighteenth century in the wake of Kant's revolutionary philosophy: the "German idealist" philosophising of Fichte, Schelling and Hegel; and the first wave of romanticism-the "early" or "Jena" romanticism-of figures such as Hölderlin, Friedrich Schlegel and Novalis. By simultaneously developing and reinterpreting basic Kantian ideas, both movements contributed to transforming thought about central aspects of human existence, and hence have significantly shaped philosophical perspectives of nineteenth century authors, such as Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. This workshop is dedicated to exploring the space opened by German Idealism and early romanticism for thinking about religion and its relation to the aesthetic and poetic dimension of human self-fashioning, especially considering the regulative and symbolic meanings of religious notions and practices.

Responses by Paolo Diego Bubbio (University of Sydney) and Lenny Moss (University of Exeter), followed by a Round Table discussion with presenters.

The symposium is sponsored by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquires at the University of Sydney, and organised by the Religion and Post-Kantian Philosophy Research Cluster.

For more information, contact Paolo Diego Bubbio
Ph: (02) 9036 6335.