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The Phenomenology of Mind

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In The Phenomenology of Mind, idealist philosopher Georg Hegel (1770–1831) defied the traditional epistemological distinction of objective from subjective and developed his own dialectical alternative. Remarkable for the breadth and profundity of its philosophical insights, this work combines psychology, logic, moral philosophy, and history to form a comprehensive view tha ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published November 19th 2003 by Dover Publications (first published 1807)
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Jan 18, 2008 Seth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Immanuel Kant
Recommended to Seth by: Jacques Derrida
In this debut novel, the multi-talented Georg Hegel gives an edge-of-your-seat, no-holds-barred, rip-roaring ride through the dark and mysterious caverns of the criminal mind. This romp-em-stop-em tale traces the journey of a strapping, curious, yet fickle young man named Spirit (Geist in the original German) as his godlike intelligence leads him from the rough-and-tumble, animalistic mean streets of an unknown Caribbean island, through the French Revolution, to the clean and well-ordered cities ...more
Ian Not His Real Name
Nov 18, 2014 Ian Not His Real Name rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Atheists and PC'ers and other opinion-mongers
Recommended to Ian by: The Keepers of the Holier [Than Thou] Books

For the purposes of this undertaking, my accomplice DJ Ian and I (I and I) faked our way through reading DC Hegel in English and German (English translation courtesy of Terry Pinkard) with the aid of diverse comic strips, annotations, opinionators and unreliable narrators:

The Professor: "If you don't read 'Phenomenology of Spirit' in German, you will never understand Hegel, let alone Zizek."

DJ Ian
This should really be getting both a 1 and a 5.
Oct 03, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, favorites
I've given up for the time being on the idea of actually writing a worthy review of this book. There is too much in it, and one must dedicate years of their life to understand even half of it. (If you breeze through this thing in a month or two, in a class, reading group or whatever, you will not get much of anything out of it, trust me!!!) I have read probably a dozen books on the Phenomenology and all of them helped, and by the end I was actually taking issue with Hegel on certain points. (Def ...more
I actually read almost all of this. I would like a cookie.
Jun 28, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
G.W.F. Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit is one of the densest, most profound, and influential works in Western philosophy. It is also, at points, one of the most incomprehensible books I have ever read. About half way through this nearly 600-page book, I thought to myself, "There is no way that I am going to be able to finish reading this!" I did finish it, however, and it was well worth while.

Phenomenology of Spirit is notoriously difficult for a number of reasons. This book was, first of all wr
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Jun 23, 2016 Nathan "N.R." Gaddis is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hegel
Writing a Review of Hegel's Phenomenology is a fool's errand......

Here's a famous passage you should always hold in mind when you get to thinking that Hegel's all dry=humourless (spiritless?[!!]) dry-as-bone abstraction.
[Miller's page 210] [....] the same conjunction of the high and the low which, in the living being, Nature naively expresses when it combines the organ of its highest fulfilment, the organ of generation, with the organ of urination [Organs des Pissens]. The infinite judgement, q
Sep 27, 2007 Thea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think everything happens for a reason
My friend Ching-In who made me join Goodreads said that I should honestly list my books, which is why this one is on my shelf. I normally don't talk about it in public for fear that people will think I'm a snot. But I really loved this book. I've never identified so much with a writer before, and also, even though this book is essentially impossible to read, my friend Georg really is a super genius.

The thing that fascinated me most about this book is how much Hegel wanted to believe that everyt
Aug 03, 2007 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
What does this Hegel guy think he is? Some kind of philosopher or something?
Erik Graff
Nov 06, 2015 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Henri Mottu
Shelves: philosophy
Henri Mottu was a visiting French-Swiss professor of philosophy at Union Theological Seminary who taught a course on Hegel which I took owing to my interest in Kant and Marx and the word on campus that he knew Kojeve. The class was small, the readings consisting primarily of the Phenomenology and Kojeve's Introduction to the Reading of Hegel. It was very well taught, the discussions were exciting and I was inspired to go on an read a lot more by and about Hegel.
Hegel's contribution to Kantian
Mar 08, 2016 sologdin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
srsly. love letter to napoleon here really fucks up to the extent that the incorporeal anima is not reasonably subject to sense perception and accordingly has no proper phenomena, and, really, should be subject to apprehension by pure reason alone as noumenal reality, i.e., the text that should have been written is the noumenology of spirit, but perhaps kant already wrote that. publish or perish, yo.
Cassandra Kay Silva
Oct 20, 2012 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I spent a lot of time with this book. When I say a lot. I mean an inordinate amount of time. I just felt like when I really dove into each paragraph and broke it apart and went bit by bit that I was going to find some greater truth hidden underneath it all. Unfortunately for me this was not so. Some paragraphs when broken down extensively I admit I still did not get. Actually in other paragraphs I would figure out what his "point" was and be like ok well duh thank you for not contributing anythi ...more
Aug 30, 2007 Jesse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Before you get overawed by his reputation, its worth remembering that a healthy portion of philosophers, especially in the English speaking world, think that Hegel wrote a lot of nonsense, and its historical influence, in my opinion, is not overwhelmingly positive. I've been suspicious of it ever sense I wrote what I thought was a fairly dubious paper on its first section and yet still got an A on it. A lot of the prose reads like some sort of Burroughs-esque prank. Most contemporary analytic ph ...more
Jul 08, 2009 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you manage to read this and understand even 25% of it you will have both vindicated your own intelligence and dedication to academia and also possibly broken your own brain. Annotations/critical texts/targeted passages are practically a necessity.
Fug o' Slavia
Feb 07, 2015 Fug o' Slavia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutelyunbelievable banter from start to finish, Hegel's inimitable wit and heart of gold really shine through here! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll do both at the same time!
David M
May 22, 2016 David M is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
'Thus it is only sense-certainty as a whole which stands firm within itself as immediacy...' (pp 62)

(Compare Merleau-Ponty: It is possible to doubt any particular thing in the world can be doubted but not the world as a whole.)

The dialectic is already present in the most simple act of perception. And what it the dialectic? Mediation or the work of the negative maybe, the self-exceedingness of consciousness/knowledge. Sense data, claimed as the most concrete basis of knowledge, is really the mos
Nov 03, 2009 Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It would take a lifetime to really absorb the full impact of this majestic work. Hegel was brilliant and I believe this is his best contribution to metaphysics. His basic argument is that instead of thinking about human existence as somehow reduced down to pure physicality; or material form of say the body, we can begin to see how human existence moves progressively towards "pure spirit" or essentially absolute mind. History moves in a teleological, purely progressivist fashion, steadily becomin ...more
Aug 23, 2014 أسيل rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

رغم اني انزعجت بعد نهايتي من الكتاب
ومعرفتي انها نسخة مبسطة ومختصرة
الا اني استفدت منه ومررت به كحالات تذبذب بين الفهم والضحك من عدم الفهم احيانا
ظاهريات الروح هي علم تجربة الوعي

وطريق العلم هو علم تجربة الوعي

سأبلور رأيي بعد قراءتي للنسخة كاملة ان شاء الله

يقول شيللر

ان الطبيعة توحد في كل مكان والفهم يفصل ويمايز في كل مكان اما العقل فهو يوحد من جديد ولهذا يكون الانسان قبل ان يتفلسف اقرب الى الحقيقة من الفيلسوف الذي لم يفرغ من بحثه بعد
For months now I have been trying to make sense of this writing. I've read passages to my wife to see if I was just making it more difficult than it is. But, I'm afraid, that to me, Hegel is indecipherable. I don't have the mental capacity to wrap my mind around what he is trying to say. He writes like an inmate of a mental institution run by the late psychiatrist, R.D. Laing, as portrayed in the 1972 documentary, Asylum. Here's an example;

"The essential and actual truth which reason is, lies in
Dec 15, 2014 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating for this book is both more and less than it deserves. To start, Hegel is probably the most difficult of all philosophers to read/understand. I’ve had professors say that Hegel’s Phenomenology is like a phone book from Mars. His influence though as one of the last Western metaphysicians is not to be overlooked, for philosophy is moving in what I would call a backwards progression today. Metaphysics is seeing a resurgence, which is often the result of epistemological dead-lock, and so He ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Buddha, a figure incomparably more moral, because more rational, than Jesus, once said, "Those who think the unreal is, and think the Real is not, they shall never reach the Truth, lost in the path of wrong thought." If you like to get "lost in wrong thought", this book is your overgrown, smelly, garish "path"; it is, to me, the closest perhaps one can get to applying barbed wire to your brain - Jesus' crown of thorns literally directed inwards. What Aquinas did for the Catholics, Hegel, her ...more
Jun 22, 2008 Pierre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this out loud while walking in circles. But the universals he's talking about, once I noted them and found a way to simplify them for my mind, are about as useful as anything. There's an antsy calm contained within. Definitely changed my life.
Jan 10, 2012 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 09, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
It is difficult to assess just how wonderful I think that Hegel is as a whole, but The Phenomenology of Spirit (sometimes somewhat inexplicably translated mind in older translations)contains all the elements of the later Hegel.
While this statement may be baffling to some (and treasonous to the rest) in saying this I do not mean to say that Hegel had his system completely figured at this point. I do believe that if one studies The Phenomenology carefully, one may glean, in knotted form, all the

This is the edition I grew up on; J. B. Baillie translator & introduction, also with the George Lichtheim Introduction to the paperback edition. Underlining, notes, but in surpriingly sturdy condition.

This novel, which claims to be the Last Novel, continues to fascinate all philosophy and most especially those of us bewitched by philosophy. But one wonders exactly what lies beneath the sorcery. Or, to use a Nietzschean distinction, if religion is philosophy for the people, as even He
آلاء  بن سلمان

الكتاب دراسة لـ الدكتور إمام عبدالفتاح إمام في " ظاهريات الروح " لهيجل ، وترجمة للتصدير وجزء من الخاتمة .

لفترة قريبة كنت أعتقد أن العلاقة بين القارئ والنص هي علاقة ثنائية بخروج الكاتب ، حيث النص ما أن يخرج من الكاتب فهو ينفصل عنه ، والمعنى في النص إما أن يخلقه القارئ ، أو هو موجود في ذاته ويصل إليه قارئه ، أو في منطقة رمادية بينهما .

ولكن لما ذُكر في الدراسة الظروف التاريخية والنفسية والاجتماعية اللي كتب فيها هيجل الكتاب وربط إمام دلالات بعض النصوص بهاأظن إني أحتاج مراجعة إعتقادي .

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Alex Lee
Jun 08, 2016 Alex Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, 2016
Hegel really struggled to try and articulate what he was thinking. In a sense, he tried to find the Absolute by describing a method in which synthesizing all angles came to determine the singularity.

Of course in today's world, we have a much richer language with more developed concepts. So it's easier for us to look back and see how he was just rambling by using the same word in many different senses.

In a real way though, Hegel's main influence with Spirit and the Notion was in finding the Big O
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  • Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Truth and Method
  • Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
  • Critique of Judgment
  • Basic Writings: Ten Key Essays, plus the Introduction to Being and Time
  • The Parallax View
  • Phenomenology of Perception
  • Philosophical Essays
  • Matter and Memory
  • Philosophical Investigations
  • Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments
  • The World as Will and Representation, Vol 1
  • Of Grammatology
  • Difference and Repetition
  • Genesis and Structure of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil
  • A Treatise of Human Nature
German philosopher and one of the founding figures of German Idealism. Influenced by Kant's transcendental idealism and Rousseau's politics, Hegel formulated an elaborate system of historical development of ethics, government, and religion through the dialectical unfolding of the Absolute. Hegel was one of the most well-known historicist philosopher, and his thought presaged continental philosophy ...more
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