Reading Hegel's Phenomenology

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Oktober 2004



In Reading Hegel's Phenomenology, John Russon uses the theme of readingto clarify the methods, premises, evidence, reasoning, and conclusions developed inHegel's seminal text. Russon's approach facilitates comparing major sections andmovements of the text, and demonstrates that each section of Phenomenology of Spiritstands independently in its focus on the themes of human experience. Along the way, Russon considers the rich relevance of Hegel's philosophy to understanding other keyWestern philosophers, such as Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, andDerrida. Major themes include language, embodiment, desire, conscience, forgiveness, skepticism, law, ritual, multiculturalism, existentialism, deconstruction, andabsolute knowing. An important companion to contemporary Hegel studies, this bookwill be of interest to all students of Hegel's philosophy.


Introduction Part 1. Consciousness 1. Sense, Time and My Meaning; 2. From Perception to Philosophy; 3. Understanding: Things, Forces and the Body Part 2. Self-Consciousness 4. Death and Desire in Hegel's Epistemology: The Form of Hegel's Argument; 5. Reading and the Body; 6. Hermeneutical Pressure: Intersubjectivity and Objectivity; 7. The "Freedom of Self-Consciousness" and Early Modern Epistemology Part 3. The Absolute Reason 8. Reason and Dualism Spirit; 9. Spirit and Scepticism; 10. The Contradictions of Moral Life: Hegel's Critique of Kant; 11. Selfhood, Conscience and Dialectic Religion; 12. The Ritual Basis of Self-Identity; 13. Vision and Image in Hegel's System; 14. Deciding to Read: On the Horizon (of Christianity) Absolute Knowing; 15. Absolute Knowing: The Structure and Project of Hegel's System of Science


John Russon is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph. He is author of Human Experience: Philosophy, Neurosis, and the Elements of Everyday Life.


"Russon's book differs in two ways from other commentaries on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. First, Russon (Univ. of Guelph) considers only the arguments in that text, rather than discussing its literary allusions or historical context. Second, Russon provides independent studies of the arguments in each section of Hegel's text. Whereas it is generally claimed that any part of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit can only be comprehended by understanding the part it plays in the text as a whole, Russon instead tries to investigate the arguments of the individual sections on their own terms. One might think that a disadvantage of Russon's approach would be the difficulty of addressing questions about whether Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit has an overall trajectory and structure. Even if that is correct, however, an examination of the details of the arguments in each section compensates. The 15 chapters each focus on a section of Hegel's book, making this an excellent resource in a course on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper--level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." J. M. Fritzman, Lewis and Clark College , CHOICE
EAN: 9780253216922
ISBN: 0253216923
Untertitel: 'Studies in Continental Thought'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2004
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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