Hegel on the Personhood of God

The Owl of Minerva:39-58 (2017)
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In this essay, I examine Robert Williams’s account of Hegel’s concept of divine “personhood.” I endorse Williams’s claims that God, for Hegel, is not a person but exhibits only personhood, and that divine personhood realises itself in a human community based on mutual recognition. I take issue, however, with Williams’s further claim that Hegel also takes God and humanity to stand in a relation of mutual recognition to one another, since this claim, in my view, risks turning God into a person after all. To conclude, I briefly consider a difference between Williams and myself concerning the relation of right to mutual recognition.

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Stephen Houlgate
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The Opening of Hegel's Logic: From Being to Infinity.Stephen Houlgate - 2006 - West Lafayette, IN, USA: Purdue University Press.
Hegel’s Ethics of Recognition.Robert R. Williams - 1997 - University of California Press.
Recognition: Fichte and Hegel on the Other.Robert R. Williams - 1992 - State University of New York Press.
Recognition : Fichte and Hegel on the Other.[author unknown] - 1992 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 56 (2):371-371.

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