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TitelReligion and Enlightenment. The Young-Hegelian perspective
BeschreibungReligion and Enlightenment
The Young-Hegelian perspective

Symposium organised by the

Centre for Philosophy of Culture of the University of Antwerp

In collaboration with the

Max Stirner Gesellschaft

Wednesday, May 12th 2010

University of Antwerp – City Campus

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The conflict between religion and enlightenment has never been more tangible than today. It returns time and again as a topic in the media, and is subject of countless debates on the intellectual scenery. Unfortunately, these discussions often tend to oversimplify the nature of this conflict by simply treating religion and enlightenment as mutually exclusive opposites. Matters, however, are far more complicated than this clear-cut distinction suggests. The enlightenment’s attitude vis-à-vis religion is by no means a straightforward anti-religious one. By the same token, religion may not be characterized as being principally irreconcilable with enlightenment. This conference returns to the way in which this complex relation is explored in the twilight of the age of Enlightenment. More specifically, it wants to pay attention to the way religion is seen by the immediate heirs of German Idealism, by focusing on the Young-Hegelian movement. The German Idealist view of religion is a unique and original one. It no longer sees religion exclusively as a body of semi-theoretical convictions that compete with the modern scientific worldview, but rather as a meaningful part of human culture and one of the important shapes of man’s attempt to understand himself and the world. In this way, German Idealism has tried for the very first time to determine the specific place and meaning of religion in human existence, human culture and history of humanity at large. Only against the background of this view the specificity of the attitude of Young-Hegelianism towards religion can come to the fore. To be sure the attitude towards religion of the members of this movement is a highly critical one. But at the same time the legacy of German Idealism is clearly present in their writings, shaping their views of the significance of religion in culture and history. This inheritance will be the focus of the present conference.

Conference languages are English and German.

Paper presentations
Scholars are invited to give a short presentation of their research on the topic of the symposium (approx. 20 minutes followed by 10 min. discussion time). In view of our collaboration with the Max Stirner Gesellschaft, apart from short presentations on the topic of religion and Enlightenment in German Idealism en Young Hegelianism, we will also accept papers which focus more exclusively on the work of Max Stirner.

Please send an abstract of min. 300 words – max. 800 words to the address mentioned below by the 1st of February 2010. The organizing committee will report back about acceptance before the 15th of February 2010.

Contact and information
Jeff Spiessens, University of Antwerp – City Campus, Dep. Philosophy, Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Antwerpen, Belgium,
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Organizing committee
Jeff Spiessens, Geert Van Eekert

Scientific committee
Herbert De Vriese, Jeff Spiessens, Geert Van Eekert, Walter Van Herck
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PersonName: Jeff Spiessens 
Funktion: kontakt 
KontaktdatenName/Institution:  University of Antwerp – City Campus, Dep. Philosophy 
Strasse/Postfach: Prinsstraat 13 
Postleitzahl: B-2000 
Stadt: Antwerpen 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.12.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.14.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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