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Phenomenology of Spirit Revised ed. 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.
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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Nice. Pace Derrida, it is sometimes helpful to be able to hear Hegel's very difficult words.Published 21 hours ago by Andrew Blais
I don't understand a thing but it's like the core work of continental philosophy and stuff so i should probably get on thatPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book represents the peak of German romanticism and idealism. Hegel makes his case for the Absolute, the ultimate guiding authority behind all of history, aiming to subsume... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Dabney
Where to begin a review on a book of this magnitude? While this might seem like a difficult question, the easiest answer is also the most Hegelian: start anywhere, for you will... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jacob
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