Hegel's Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason / Edition 1

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This book is the most detailed commentary on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit available and develops an independent philosophical account of the general theory of knowledge, culture, and history contained in it. Written in a clear and straightforward style, the book reconstructs Hegel's theoretical philosophy and shows its connection to the ethical and political theory. Terry Pinkard sets the work in a historical context and reveals the contemporary relevance of Hegel's thought to European and Anglo-American philosophers.

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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521568340
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,060,615
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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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