Reading Hegel's Phenomenology

Reading Hegel's Phenomenology

John Russon
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/19/2004
ISBN: 978-0-253-11037-4
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In Reading Hegel’s Phenomenology, John Russon uses the theme of reading to clarify the methods, premises, evidence, reasoning, and conclusions developed in Hegel’s seminal text. Russon’s approach facilitates comparing major sections and movements of the text, and demonstrates that each section of Phenomenology of Spirit stands 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 key Western philosophers, such as Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, and Derrida. Major themes include language, embodiment, desire, conscience, forgiveness, skepticism, law, ritual, multiculturalism, existentialism, deconstruction, and absolute knowing. An important companion to contemporary Hegel studies, this book will be of interest to all students of Hegel’s philosophy.

Author Bio

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.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Text
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
8. Reason and Dualism
9. Spirit and Skepticism
10. The Contradictions of Moral Life: Hegel's Critique of Kant
11. Selfhood, Conscience, and Dialectic
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