Phenomenology of Spirit Paperback – Jun 1 1979
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'Hegel's Phenomenology was written, so the story goes, on the eve of Napoleon's destruction of the Holy Roman Empire and at the beginning of the German 'Wars of Liberation.' The book itself is no less dramatic or revolutionary. It is Hegel's grandest experiment, changing our vision of the world and the very nature of the philosophical enterprise.
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G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) is one of the great figures in the history of Western thought, and the most important philosopher of his time.
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This book was a turning point for me in my personal quest. Up until this point each philosopher I learned about in class was torn apart by the next philosopher. Hegel approached things differently and made it possible for me to learn what "sublated" means. Those philosophers were not being "torn apart" by their successors. Instead, the history of thought can be seen as the logical interplay of ideas gradually creating better ideas. The previous ideas are incorporated in an ever more mature view. This is how we view history. This is why sociology seems to be the philosophy of our day - the sociality of reason.
But this book is deeply embedded in a historical context itself and makes sense only with a good guide. For an interesting way to do this look at Hans Kung's description of his experience of Hegel in his memoirs. For an excellent guide I recommend Pinkard or Kaufmann. My own thesis is on Hegel's Geist.
No philosopher since has ever torn apart another philosopher in my view even if they try to deconstruct them.
It is an overwhelming experience finding that "Hegelianism" still breaths(judging for the quantity of reviews here in Amazon). I wish to type the next map of evolutions contradicting and refuting Hegel's philosophy:
-Hegel's ontological principle: "all real is rational, all rational is real".
In Hegel's symbolism the real does not refer to "empirical data", but rather to that which is relative to the "whole", the "absolute", that is: something becomes logically real when one is able to conceive it as part of a complex unity, an absolute whole. Non-Aristotelian logic developed in the beginning of last xx century would regard this reasoning as a misconception of the identity principle. Hegel's absolute as an identity able to contain would be no other thing than a "conjunct". Giving that Hegel conceived as "complex" his "whole"(absolute), we could say that this "conjunct", this "class", can be an "ordinal" one, or a "cardinal" one. Example: the class A consisting of "five pencils" is a cardinal one, whereas the class named B consisting of the "class of animals who are good, the class of animals who are not-good, and the class of animals who are neither good nor not-good" is a ordinal one. Thus, his semantic conception of the absolute is no other than the possibility of calculating, within any such conjunct, the relation of each part to the whole conjunct or identity.Read more ›
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Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit is doubtlessly one of the most influential works of philosophy ever compiled. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2009 by T. McLaughlin
Hegel's famous and difficult 45-page Preface to his Phenomenology of Spirit requires intensive study, but will reward the serious reader with nothing less than a cognitive... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Bill Wachmer - email@example.com
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's *Phenomenology of Spirit* is the single most important book of philosophy ever published, surpassing the *Critique of Pure Reason* in influence by... Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Jeffrey Rubard
Hegel's _Phenomenology of Spirit_ is a very thought-provoking and intellectualy stimulating work. However, it is also very mentally taxing, and is probably not worth the time and... Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by Ross James Browne
If you're looking for easily-digested novels and neat, facile ideas that won't take much effort or time from your life, then don't pick up this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by Scott Gates
Impassioned fans of Hegel should first read Sovereignty of Good by Iris Murdoch. Then they should Read Feynman's Surely You Must be Joking. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2002 by A. M. Rosencrants
This is the worst book I have ever read. Don't read it unless you must for class. What Hegel didn't realize when he wrote this book was that neither he nor the World Spirit had yet... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by henning rasmussen
Have you ever met anyone who dresses in black, smokes Brazilian cigarettes and espouses that Hegel is "best read in the original German? Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2002
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