By Quentin Lauer

ISBN-10: 0823213552

ISBN-13: 9780823213559

The 1st variation of this name was once a lot acclaimed because the major interpretation and exposition of Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit." This revision, in line with carrying on with examine, retains this ebook within the leading edge of Hegelian scholarship. the writer has made additions and corrections to his studying of this, Hegel's most vital paintings, and he offers an outstanding interpretation of Hegel's language, in all of its complexity. To students it's going to stay an essential examine and scholars new to Hegelian philosophy will locate it approachable and transparent.

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Rather, it is sticking with file method here spread out before us, sticking with this thought process right up to the last page. To this sort of following there is no introduction" (G. W. E Hegel, "Einleitung des Herausgebers," Phiinome-nologie des Geistes, ed. Johannes Hoffmeister, 6th ed. [Hamburg: Meiner, 1952], p. vi). Truly, the problem of method cannot be treated in an Introduction. 16 "Luther made the Bible and you have made Homer speak German. This is the greatest gift which can be given to a people; for a people remains barbaric and fails to see the excellence it knows as its own true property as long as it does not come to know it in its own language.

In no sense, of course, does this mean that the "spiritual" is opposed to the "natural" as the supernatural to the natural; rather it is the opposition of autonomous action to elicited reaction. Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, then, can be legitimately looked upon as his thoroughgoingly anti-naturalist epistemology, provided we do not interpret that last term in a narrowly cognitive sense. This does not mean that Hegel determines in some antecedent wayas do Hume and Kantwhat are to count as the essential characteristics of knowing and then accepts as knowing only what manifests these characteristics.

Leipzig: Meiner, 1963), 1 31. 25 Another way of putting this would be to say that the Phenomenology describes the movement of consciousness toward reason (completely self-conscious spirit), whereas the "system" (of which the Logic is the first stage) describes the movement of reasonin plumbing its own depths. Neither is, strictly speaking, derived from the other. Phenomenology is the locus of an original concrete presentation (Vorstellung) of logical method. Literally Vorstellung simply means a "setting before"; in the Hegelian context it is a setting before oneself (by representing).

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