Sunday, March 18, 2018

Three More Videos in Enlightenment and its Struggle with Superstition

Continuing our progress through this rather long section, below you'll find video lectures seven through nine on "The Enlightenment and its Struggle With Superstition."  We're about halfway through this portion of the text at this point.

Again, we see a kind of double-critique going on in Hegel's text.  Or, you might actually say, if not triple, at least two and a half critiques.  The Enlightenment itself is - along other things - a critique of Faith.  And at the same time, the Enlightenment doesn't entirely understand Faith, or even itself - so what we are getting in Hegel's narration is another critique - one of both Faith and Enlightenment.

Hegel also allows Faith to get its own say at points, but although it does have a certain advantage in practice, it is also at a disadvantage.  Faith is right in pointing out where Enlightenment critique puts words in Faith's mouth, or misinterprets what it is about.  But, Faith is even less consistently self-conscious than the Enlightenment is.  Perhaps I'll write more about this later on.  For the time being, here are the new videos:

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