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    Reading Hegel Right

    READING HEGEL RIGHT is less a review of Hegelian philosophy as it is a review of Stausian criticism of Hegel that sodme might enjoy reading.

    Hegel writes in his 1795 essay “The Positivity of the Christian Religion” that “the supplanting of paganism by Christianity is one of those remarkable revolutions whose causes the thoughtful historian must labor to discover.” ...In the Lectures on the Philosophy of History, delivered at the University of Berlin in the 1820s, Hegel outlined how Christianity actualized an idea of human freedom that was inconceivable to pagan civilizations: “Eastern nations knew only that one is free; the Greek and Roman world only that some are free; while we [Christians] know that all men absolutely . . . are free.”

    One implication of Hegel’s theory of history is that no return to paganism is possible, however much we might admire aspects of the ancient world. Philosophers who seek a return to antiquity must address the challenge of Hegel.

    Readers familiar with Leo Strauss may be surprised, therefore, by the seminar on Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosophy of History that he gave at the University of Chicago in 1965. On the few occasions that Strauss mentions Hegel in works intended for publication, the reader gets the unmistakable impression that Hegel’s philosophy initiated the doctrine of historicism. In Strauss’s view, historicism undermined political philosophy by dismissing the idea of a transcendent truth that exists apart from history.

    Yet in this seminar the reader is treated to a Strauss who appreciates Hegel, even though he offers incisive criticisms. Strauss sympathizes with Hegel’s distinction between ancient Greek paganism and the biblical tradition—one that parallels Strauss’s distinction between “Athens” and “Jerusalem”—despite misgivings about his philosophy of progress as revealed through the movement of history.

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    The last few paragraphs touch on these matters in Francis Fukuyama The End of History and the Last Man and his later In Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity.
    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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