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Hegel's Phenomenology of Mind

Lecturer: David Rathbone

Originally Taught: Summer School 2003

This course shall consist in a close examination of the structure of Hegel's Phenomenology of Mind. After situating the Phenomenology within the context of Hegel's project as a whole, we shall proceed to analyse key sections of the text, exploring Hegel's unique conception of the idea of phenomenology. Once the fundamental method of dialectic is understood, we shall trace the unfolding of the contradictions implicit in the concept of subjectivity from their inception in sensory perception to their culmination in absolute idealism. Although a full examination of all details of this enormous book is not a realistic task in ten lectures, the crystalline core around which Hegel arranges his elaborations can be discerned and comprehended through selections which shall be provided, along with small amounts of secondary literature.

prior reading:
start with: Werner MARX, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit
and then: Charles TAYLOR, Hegel
also: Martin HEIDEGGER, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit