Edited transcript of my presentation at the Department of Philosophy ‘mini-conference’, the University of Sydney 12.09.14
My thesis explores the relationship between Hegel’s philosophy and Neoplatonism. In it, I will argue that Hegel’s philosophy is not only mystical – Christian Neoplatonic – but Hermetic.1
A common understanding of ‘mysticism’ is that it is a belief that one can attain union with or absorption into a deity or an absolute, or spiritually apprehend knowledge – through the ‘abandonment’ of self or through contemplation.
Clearly, Hegel did not claim this of his philosophy – rather, the opposite – that God can be cognised through ‘reason’…
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