Hegel's Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 1996 - Philosophy - 451 pages
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The Phenomenology of Spirit is both one of Hegel's most widely read books and one of his most obscure. The book is the most detailed commentary on Hegel's work available. It develops an independent philosophical account of the general theory of knowledge, culture, and history presented in the Phenomenology. In a clear and straightforward style, Terry Pinkard reconstructs Hegel's theoretical philosophy and shows its connection to ethical and political theory. He sets the work in a historical context and shows the contemporary relevance of Hegel's thought for European and Anglo-American philosophers. The principal audience for the book is teachers and students of philosophy, but the great interest in Hegel's work and the clarity of Pinkard's exposition ensure that historians of ideas, political scientists, and literary theorists will also read it.
  

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Perhaps *the* place to start if all you know about Hegel is that he's a metaphysical lunatic who thinks 'The Absolute' develops over time and individuals don't exist. Pinkard effectively destroys this ... Read full review

Contents

Why the Phenomenology of Spirit?
1
2 Hegelian preliminaries
3
3 Notes on the text
17
The claims to selfsufficient knowledge sensecertainty perception understanding
20
2 Perception
28
appearance and the supersensible world
34
The claims of selfsufficient agency freedom and selfconsciousness
46
2 Masters slaves and the subjective point of view
53
2 Freedom and modern life
187
the moral worldview
193
Romanticism authenticity and beautiful souls
207
The selfreflection of the human community
221
2 Philosophy as communal selfreflection
261
The essential structure of modern life
269
2 Freedom and subjectivity in modern life
274
3 Modern ethical life
294

3 Stoicism skepticism and the unhappy consciousness
63
Modern lifes project of selfjustification
79
Faustianism sentimentalism and natural virtue
92
3 The rational individual
112
Modern lifes alternatives and modern lifes possibilities
135
4 The final stage of political history the teleology of modern life and absolute spirits coda
331
Notes
345
Works cited
439
Index
445
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