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Hegel's Concept of Experience: With a Section from Hegels Phenomenology of Spirit in the Kenley Royce Dove Translation Paperback – September, 1989


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  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st Harper & Row pbk. ed edition (September 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060638745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060638740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,422,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leaving aside both the author and the topic, this was a helpful book. It is Heidegger's running commentary on key passages in the Phenomenology of Spirit. It illuminates Hegel and provides a entry point to Heidegger's larger work.

Heidegger reads Hegel as arguing that being is being-present. It is the manifestation of a thing. Being is always being Par-Ousia--manifestation. From there we see an interplay between Being as the real and the Absolute as the real. If the Absolute is the real, and our knowledge is not yet at the absolute, it is then relative to the absolute.

Knowledge is relative to a thing.

Like a good Greek Hegel/Heidegger privileges sight over hearing as sees knowledge as manifestation (Heidegger 57). The ultimate goal, though Heidegger never clearly states it as such, is unmediated knowledge--the Absolute which has fully come into being [arrival?] as Absolute.

The book contains some useful observations on reflection and the subject-object distinction. What I found helpful is how the book easily lends itself as a foil to Revelational thought. Revelational thought (what I have elsewhere called Hebraic Christianity) is verbal. Reality is verbal. God speaks and a thing is. For onto-theo-logy, reality is manifestation and appearance. It seeks to transcend mediation.

**For a useful introduction to Heidegger and modern Continental Philosophy, see Gayatri Spivak's preface to Derrida's of Grammatology.
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5 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Derrida on September 21, 2002
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a pox upon thee sir dove! thou art the devil's swine who swallows naught but the murkiest poison of pretentiousness and vomits forth the juiciest jargon a man of such improvident lackwitedness can muster! but afterall, you've completed a behemoth of a book and deserve a well-rounded review, sir. and here it is (pax, not pox): i found your book to be filled with many bug words, many of which i didn't understand. the big words undoubtedly reflected big ideas, most of which i don't understand. by the time i was at page 4 i was already highly impressed with the big words, and felt as small as the big words were big. but sadly, your big words echoed the struggling strains of a tired twitterbird, whose once soaring renditions of mozart's requieum inflated men's hearts like the bloated hotairbag of the hindenburg, but now putters out with the faint rumble of a cough.
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