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Hegel's Phenomenology : The Sociality of Reason

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The Phenomenology of Spirit is both one of Hegel's most widely read books and one of his most obscure. The book is the most detailed commentary on Hegel's work available. It develops an independent philosophical account of the general theory of knowledge, culture, and history presented in the Phenomenology. In a clear and straightforward style, Terry Pinkard reconstructs Hegel's theoretical philosophy and shows its connection to ethical and political theory. He sets the work in a historical context and shows the contemporary relevance of Hegel's thought for European and Anglo-American philosophers. The principal audience for the book is teachers and students of philosophy, but the great interest in Hegel's work and the clarity of Pinkard's exposition ensure that historians of ideas, political scientists, and literary theorists will also read it.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 154 x 229 x 26mm | 620g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 052156834X
  • 9780521568340
  • 330,914

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The Phenomenology of Spirit is both one of Hegel's most widely read books and one of his most obscure. This book is the most detailed commentary on Hegel's work available. It develops an independent philosophical account of the general theory of knowledge, culture and history presented in the Phenomenology. In a clear and straightforward style, Terry Pinkard reconstructs Hegel's theoretical philosophy and shows its connection to ethical and political theory. He sets the work in a historical context and shows the contemporary relevance of Hegel's thought for European and Anglo-American philosophers. The principal audience for the book is teachers and students of philosophy, but the great interest in Hegel's work and the clarity of Pinkard's exposition ensure that historians of ideas, political scientists, and literary theorists will also read it.
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Table of contents

1. Why the Phenomenology of Spirit?; 2. The claims to self-sufficient knowledge: sense-certainty, perception, understanding; 3. The claims of self-sufficient agency: freedom and self-consciousness; 4. Modern life's project of self-justification; 5. Modern life's alternatives and modern life's possibilities; 6. The self-reflection of the human community; 7. The essential structure of modern life.
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'It is a remarkable reconstruction indeed. Among other things, it is a model of lucid and disciplined philosophical writing ... He takes Hegel's seemingly disconnected discussions ... and successfully weaves them together into a coherent argument.' Sally Sedgwick, Dartmouth College "At first glance this weighty biography of one of the most demanding Writers in the Western tradition may seem unlikely recommendation for nonspecialists. But the experience of reading it will challenge this judgment, as it will much received wisdom about the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)....Mr. Pinkard has written engrossingly if a supreme instance of the life dedicated to thinking. Richard Velkley, Washington Times [Pinkard] takes Hegel's seemingly disconnected discussions and successfully weaves them together into a coherent argument. The result is a masterfully crafted and highly readable piece of Hegel scholarship." The Philosophical Quarterly "Terry Pinkard has written an extremely clear and insightful book about Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. In concentrating attention on Hegel's account of the nature of our social existence and the history of our social practices, he has been able to explain a very great deal of the book's structure and development, and he has presented a challenging, contemporary account of Hegel's case for the social character of human rationality. This is as thoughtful and compelling a book on Hegel as one is likely to find in any language, from any period." Robert B. Pippin, University of Chicago "Future works on Hegel's social thought must henceforth refer to this work." Howard N. Tuttle, Review of Metaphysics "rescuing shipwrecked reputations is a thankless task...(amongst others) terry Pinkard's Hegel: A Biography (Cambridge) is a galliant rehabilitation of a flawed prophet. Whether we like them or not, we need to know abput them." The Daily Telegraph, Daniel Johnson
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