The Early Theological Writings

  • Bernard M. G. Reardon
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It is very doubtful whether Hegel seriously intended to embark on an ecclesiastical career. His attitude to the orthodox theologising of his teachers at the Tübingen Protestant seminary — the Stift, as it was usually called — was at best non-committal, and at the end of the four years he spent there he had become decidedly critical of traditional Christianity. His real interests were classics and philosophy. In any case it has to be admitted that his record at the Stift was in no way outstanding. The attention he gave to his curriculum studies never seems to have been more than half-hearted, although at school in Stuttgart he had been considered a model pupil. Yet it is now evident that by the time he reached the university he had attained an unusual degree of intellectual maturity for his age — he was commonly alluded to by his friends as the Old Man — and with the independence of judgment which this brought he found the conventional academic routine uncongenial, if not a waste of time. Nor could he discover much to admire in his teachers themselves, who struck him as unimaginative and uninspiring.1


Christian Religion Folk Religion Moral Realm Universal Reason Mutual Love 
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References and Notes

  1. 1.
    See H. S. Harris, Hegel’s Development. Toward the Sunlight 1770–1801 (1972) p. 73.Google Scholar
  2. 11.
    A. T. B. Peperzak, Le jeune Hegel et la vision morale du monde (The Hague, 1960) p. 66.Google Scholar

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