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Amy French

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Catholic convert, thirsting after who-knows-what, enthusiastic philosophy undergrad.


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Re: Is it all Hegel's fault?

Nov. 23 at 10:18pm | see this comment in context

Ha. You are so right! I think instead of recognizing our own fallenness Hegel decided to try to repudiate the existence of something transcending us instead. Blech. 

Re: Is it all Hegel's fault?

Nov. 23 at 10:15pm | see this comment in context

Hmm...free will vs. collectivity DOES seem to be a sort of weird contradiction within progressive democracies--do I understand you aright? I wish I had read That Hideous Strength so I could comment on that!

Re: Is it all Hegel's fault?

Nov. 23 at 9:58pm | see this comment in context

Katie--as for Hegel as the source of progressivism, I heard an interesting lecture to that effect by H. Tristam Englehart last week. His interpretation of Hegel amounts to "God" being realized by the collective Spirit of society. Definitely immanentizing the eschaton.  Reality itself is improving as society moves towards the realization of Spirit in the nation state. So you can see that progressivism could be considered a watered-down version of Hegelianism in that human beings are supposed to be inexorably improving their own condition. 

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