Philosophy of Love: Hegel, Christianity and Environmental Law

11 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2011 Last revised: 14 Apr 2011

Date Written: March 24, 2011


Much Christian opposition to Hegel's philosophy is based on the perception the dialectic supports cultural relativism and the idea that opposing truths can both be valid. This is a narrow interpretation of the dialectic and knowledge and that, more broadly, it reflects the contradictions and interdependence that exists between individual entities. This paper argues that the contradictory interdependence of Hegel's dialectic has its roots in Christian thought and Hegel's earlier theological writings. The paper then goes to suggest how this Christian Hegel could be helpful in developing a model for environmental law research.

This paper was presented at a Christian Academic Network workshop on "Knowing in God's World" under the title "Reflections on methods of knowing".

Keywords: Hegel, Christianity, Environmental Law, Love, Beautiful Soul, Jesus

Suggested Citation

Jeyaraj, Pravin, Philosophy of Love: Hegel, Christianity and Environmental Law (March 24, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Pravin Jeyaraj (Contact Author)

University of Westminster ( email )

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

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