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Phenomenology of Spirit | [G. W. F. Hegel, A. V. Miller (translator), J. N. Findlay]

Phenomenology of Spirit

Perhaps one of the most revolutionary works of philosophy ever presented, The Phenomenology of Spirit is Hegel's 1807 work that is in numerous ways extraordinary. A myriad of topics are discussed, and explained in such a harmoniously complex way that the method has been termed Hegelian dialectic. Ultimately, the work as a whole is a remarkable study of the mind's growth from its direct awareness to scientific philosophy, proving to be a difficult yet highly influential and enduring work.
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Perhaps one of the most revolutionary works of philosophy ever presented, The Phenomenology of Spirit is Hegel's 1807 work that is in numerous ways extraordinary. It begins with a Preface, created after the rest of the manuscript was completed, that explains the core of his method and what sets it apart from any preceding philosophy. The Introduction, written before the rest of the work, summarizes and completes Kant's ideas on skepticism by rendering it moot and encouraging idealism and self-realization. The body of the work is divided into six sections of varying length, entitled "Consciousness", "Self-Consciousness", "Reason", "Spirit", "Religion", and "Absolute Knowledge". A myriad of topics are discussed, and explained in such a harmoniously complex way that the method has been termed Hegelian dialectic. Ultimately, the work as a whole is a remarkable study of the mind's growth from its direct awareness to scientific philosophy, proving to be a difficult yet highly influential and enduring work.

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    Jaded Buddha 04-08-14
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    "I've got some good news and some bad news"

    The good news is that this is a very nicely done audio production of Hegel's Phenomenology.

    The bad news is that Hegel is still difficult.

    It's totally great to disagree with Hegel and all, but bear in mind that many major philosophers have already wrestled with and critiqued aspects of Hegel. Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Benjamin, Adorno, Debord, to name just a tiny fraction. So if you want to give this 1 star, you might try harder than something like "Couldn't understand this book WTF?"

    No way rlly? Hegel is hard to understand? And the Pope is Catholic? Whoah, rlly? lol ; )

    Tip: check out Jean Hyppolite's classic intro to the phenomenology, and also you can search for "the Bernstein Tapes" for some free intro lectures online.. Good luck!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    ADRIAN 03-16-14
    ADRIAN 03-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Impenetrable"
    What did you like best about Phenomenology of Spirit? What did you like least?

    I waited and waited for this one, and pre-ordered it. My favorite thing was that it was coming. What I like least is that it finally came.


    Would you recommend Phenomenology of Spirit to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not. The subject matter is too difficult for listening. The book itself must be read an re-read to be understood.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less sing-songy. He is not a bad performer, but the subject matter doesn't lend itself to his style. Actually, I don't think it lends itself to anyone's style. It's not his fault. I can't imagine what he was thinking as he read it. To make the audiobook better, every sentence needs to be read 3 times in a row.


    Was Phenomenology of Spirit worth the listening time?

    No. You need the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Hegel is notoriously difficult to read. It turns out that he's even worse in audioboook form. With a book, you can read the same sentence over and over. But in audiobook form, you can't kick back and listen to this. You would have to actively hit that rewind button.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan O'Hara 03-22-14
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or David DeVries?

    For some reason I can't get through the first half hour with any comprehension of what the author/reader is saying. I probably should be embarrassed to say this, but to me this is basically just a lot of words loosely strung together. I find my mind wandering almost right away. Actually I hold a doctorate degree and can usually read pretty dense material. Either the translation is not very good, or Hegel is way above my level, or this basically is nonsense posing as intellectualism. I give up for now - maybe later.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Well, he could make a clear point and then cite evidence and/or logic to back up the point.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know. I don't think I could have done any better with the material. It did drone on, so maybe the reader could have used more inflection and emphasis to keep the listener awake or alert us to key points.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Phenomenology of Spirit?

    Serious abridgement down to core issues.


    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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