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Phenomenology of Spirit 1st Edition
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First. In addition to the text of the Phenomenology a foreword and para by para commentary by Findlay is also included. Though he is a capable thinker, Findlay's commentary is rather terse and may be of limited help to first time readers. From a physical stand point, while the font is of an adequate size, the margins are relatively small and not conducive to copious note making.
Second. With regard to additional resources, Robert Stern's commentary in the Routledge Philosophy Guidebook series is quite good as a starting. It is readable, short, and clear - not overly laden with technical jargon and its citations are referenced to the Miller translation. A modest drawback to Stern is the lack of a glossary. Hegelian terminology can be difficult and some assistance in this regard would be useful. More advanced students may wish to augment Stern with a more detailed commentary from the likes of Harris, Hyppolite or Lauer.
Third. J. Bernstein has a wonderful yearlong graduate-level course discussing the Phenomenology available on-line for no cost at BernsteinTapes.com. Kudos to the folks who have made this available it is an outstanding resource.
Overall, this is a solid version of the Phenomenology that offers good value to the purchaser.
Don't get me wrong. When I was much younger (circa 1980) I welcomed Miller's translation (I like his rendition of Hegel's 'larger' Science of Logic, with a co-translator). But the Phenomenology by Miller is simply completely unintelligible. (Even with the end-notes--opacity raised to the 3rd power!). Hegel's Phenomenology is a work of allusion, or if you like 'description,'not epistemological clarification, or explication, like Kant's Critique. So, don't be fooled by a newer translation. Good luck!
However, should you decide to focus only on the famous Preface do obtain W. Kaufmann's excellent translation.
This review turned out to be much longer than I anticipated so I have broken it up into three sections. In the first section I try to give some sense for why I believe the difficulty of this book is necessary and could not have been avoided. I will be defending Hegel from the charge of willful obscurantism. In the second section I attempt to provide a brief (and woefully inadequate) summary of some of the ideas in this book, especially ideas that I think are of enduring relevance. And in the third section I provide a very brief list of some helpful secondaries on Hegel.
WHY HEGEL IS SO DIFFICULT
All philosophy is difficult. I think what frustrates people about Hegel is their belief that he is being willfully obscure. It often appears as if Hegel is trying his best to make sure that no one is able to understand him, or that he is simply dressing up simple insights in extremely convoluted language. I think this is a mistake.Read more ›
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A professor of mine once said something like, "Einstein grasped things that I may never grasp.... Hegel grasped things that I do not want to grasp."
It's Hegel. Read more
Freaking crazy and unpredictable man he was. Most of his ideas are out of this universe.Published 4 months ago by Krysta
Hegel is a very hard read for those who take comfort in the clarity of Schopenhauer, but he is a necessary read for anyone who wants to sample all the major philosophers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andi Knox
My idea here is to present a rather different review of the phenomenology, one that would appeal to someone interested in approaching the work not as a formal academic study and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Plotinus
Though the early works of Hegel highly contradicts his late works, this book critically examined and showcased Hegel's idealism in the sense that it was highly criticized by Karl... Read morePublished 5 months ago by michael hernandez
This classic work is too well known to need any commentary. The language of its time places great demands on the modern reader. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frederick D. Abraham
An insightful book, to be sure, but it's also pretty boring. I recommend reading it if the specific subjects of metaphysics and epistemology or the movement of German Idealism are... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peter