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16.3.17

Hegel was I think the equivalent of Aquinas and Maimonides in looking for a balanced approach between Revelation and Reason (R&R).

Hamann (Johann Georg Hamann) and Joseph de Maistre were pretty much counter Enlightenment with the later emphasizing the Catholic Church.
Allen Bloom seems to have taken the question of Enlightenment Counter Enlightenment as not being settled.
Isaiah Berlin and Walter Kaufman seem to have taken the exact middle approach. That is they saw the Enlightenment had some things right and some things wrong. That is they saw the Counter Enlightenment had some things right and some things wrong. So they saw the middle approach not as a compromise but as a solution.

I wanted to add that Kant and Hegel were also in the middle. 

Hegel was I think the equivalent of Aquinas and Maimonides in looking for a balanced approach between Revelation and Reason (R&R). So in that sense he predated the thinkers that thought a middle path between Enlightenment and counter enlightenment was proper. And he definition had the larger "nation" in mind-but not any nation but one founded on principle of Justice and freedom. Not as Popper thought the Prussian state but rather in an explicit quote he was thinking of the USA. See  Kaufmann on Hegel

It is not the case that the USA is solely John Locke or Enlightenment. It has had and still has a strong religious foundation base on the best of the Judaic-Christian civilization of Europe and the best of Athens and Rome. There is no need to disparage it.The election of Trump I thinks shows this very well.

Karl Popper was unfair to Hegel and this led to Dr. Kelly Ross, the Californian, also being unfavorable to him.  Popper thought Hegel was responsible for the totalitarian regimes his saw in his days. But he was right to the degree that Marx did borrow from Hegel. In university courses that were preparation for work in the KGB Hegel was taught and was considered an important step before Marx [along with Feuerbach]. In USSR universities they credited Hegel with the "moment in time" idea but clearly Marx borrowed a lot more than that from him. So the Left using [or misusing] Hegel is not new and it continues. But the reason is because the right simply ignores Hegel.