Philosophy of Mind

Narrated by: Peter Wickham
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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Philosophy of Mind is the third and final part of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, the collection in which Hegel (1730-1831) offered an overview of his life’s work. Though originally written in 1817, he revised it in 1830, thus providing a finished form the year before his death. 

Hegel used the three parts of the Encyclopaedia - Science of Logic, Philosophy of Nature and Philosophy of Mind - as a basis for lectures at the Universities of Heidelberg which he joined in 1816, and in Berlin in 1820. 

Philosophy of Mind is itself divided into three parts. Section 1 is titled Mind Subjective - The Soul (with subsections Anthropology, Phenomenology of Mind, and Psychology); section 2 is titled Mind Objective (with subsections Law, The Morality of Consciousness and the Moral Life); and Section 3 Absolute Mind (Art, Revealed Religion, Philosophy). So Hegel follows the development of the human mind through the various layers of consciousness, then institutions and structures of society and finally through art, religion and philosophy. The classic translation by William Wallace is based on Hegel’s final 1830 version.

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Perfectly narrated version of the final third of Hegel’s Encyclopedia.

Peter Wickham’s crisp enunciation and consistent vocal control make this otherwise difficult but profound text of Hegel’s maximally intelligible and therefore maximally enjoyable as well. The form lives up to the content. Highly recommend!

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the absolute truth of reality

Concretness makes man, and the mere notion of spirit comes to identify itself with that object in an effort to know the truth in reason of its absolute universality. to live and enjoy itself as pure mind.

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Better to read the old fashioned way

This book is really complicated. Easily one of the hardest books I have read. It’s even harder to understand because you can’t read it slowly and go over sections multiple times in the same way. I finished the book but I can’t say that I understand the whole thing, maybe less than half at best.