Stephen Houlgate is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Hegel, Nietzsche and the Criticism of Metaphysics (1986), An Introduction to Hegel: Freedom, Truth and History (1991, 2005) and The Opening of Hegel’s Logic: From Being to Infinity (2006), and his edited volumes include Hegel and the Philosophy of Nature (1998), The Hegel Reader (1998), and G.W.F. Hegel: Outlines of the Philosophy of Right (2008). He has served as Vice President and President of the Hegel Society of America and is a former editor of the Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain . Michael Baur is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He is Secretary of the Hegel Society of America and has published widely on phenomenology, critical theory, philosophy of law, and nineteenth–century continental philosophy, and on thinkers including Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Aristotle, and Aquinas.
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“Comprising well written essays by internationally acclaimed Hegel scholars (although many are from North America), this volume makes an excellent and accessible reference both to scholars and students of Hegel and Hegelianism.” (Religious Studies Review)
"This superb study brings together Hegel scholars who have penned uniformly excellent articles on all aspects of Hegel's career ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower–division undergraduates through researchers/faculty." (Choice)
First, any review of a 35-hour audio tome of essays on Hegel will be tempered by misgivings about the mental state of anyone who would actually purchase such a thing. An obscurantist dialectician with way too much time on his hands? Who can trust such a reviewer?
What can I say? The title doesn't lie. You know what you are getting. You either are a Hegelian or you are not a Hegelian--unless, of course, you are a Hegelian, in which case you are both.
As a matter of fact, I was delighted to find that these essays are relatively clear, quite diverse, and nicely comprehensive. The editor Stephen Houlgate is one of the best and most lucid of contemporary Hegel scholars. The works, so far, are clearer than one might expect, (though I have only started, and have a long ways to go before I approach the Judith Butler essay at the very end, where editor-defying syntactical horrors undoubtedly await).
The reading is clear, well-paced, and manly, seemingly sturdy enough for the 35-hour march. Though to differentiate the Hegel quotes the reader does toss in a German accent that to my ear sounds a bit odd. Of course, there are no recordings of Hegel himself, so perhaps he really did sound like Gandhi attempting Yiddish. (Though if he had, I suspect Schelling would have noted that for posterity.)
And then there are the publishers! It it is really very admirable that they would actually produce such an audiobook for the three individuals in the world who might be enticed to purchase it. A noble work. But...!
But why no chapter titles and a mismatch between the book chapters and the audio chapters, which renumber with each audio "part." So you have 35 essays and no way to find them by title or even by counting. Why do so many publishers do this? I mean, here we are with Google glasses and 3D printers. Is it really so hard just to divide and label the digital chapters? Am I missing something?
One of Hegel's contemporaries, I forget who, explained Hegel by noting that he was a Schwabian and Schwabians hate to be understood. Evidently his audio publishers are Schwabians as well. Aside from that, if you actually want to hear some good, clear Hegel commentaries--in shuffle mode--next time you're out jogging, this is the audiobook you've been waiting for!
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