A reading of Hegel's Phenomenology of spirit by Quentin Lauer

By Quentin Lauer

The 1st version of this identify used to be a lot acclaimed because the best interpretation and exposition of Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit." This revision, in line with carrying on with examine, retains this booklet within the leading edge of Hegelian scholarship. the writer has made additions and corrections to his analyzing of this, Hegel's most vital paintings, and he presents an exceptional interpretation of Hegel's language, in all of its complexity. To students it is going to stay an crucial research and scholars new to Hegelian philosophy will locate it approachable and transparent.

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For Hegel, then, phenomenology is a logic of appearing, a logic of implication, like any other logic, even though not of the formal entailment with which logicians and mathematicians are familiar. , "Phenomenology: Hegel and Husserl," Beyond Epistemology: New Studies in the Philosophy of Hegel, ed. Frederick G. Weiss (The Hague: Nijhoff, 1974), pp. 174-96. 8 "In all these dialectical transitions there is no entailment in the formal logical sense, and yet no stringing together of random observations" (J.

Other parts of the system are derivative from logic; phenomenology is logic itself concretized. "30 In addition, if we are to understand the Phenomenology of Spirit, we must bear in mind that there are three consciousnesses involved, which should not be confused with one another: (1) "natural" (or naïve) consciousness which is observed going through the stages of development until, in "absolute knowing," it ceases to be "natural" at all; (2) the consciousness of "us,'' the phenomenological readers, who observe "natural" consciousness going through the process of transcending the naturalconstantly a step ahead of the consciousness going through the process; (3) the consciousness of the author (Hegel), who has been through it all and is presenting what he has observed, having already articulated the logical method in Jena and Nuremberg and is about to compose his monumental Science of Logic (published in 1812).

The awareness of the inadequacy of a mode of experience is at the same time 31 See his "Opening Arguments," in MacIntyre, Hegel, p. 160. There is a brief summary of this argumentation in Taylor's Hegel (London: Cambridge University Press, 1975), pp. 140-47. The entire section on the Phenomenology (pp. 127-221) affords a good, compact overall view. Page 15 an awareness of what is required if the experience is to be more adequate. That we do have experiences is undeniable. , of objects with universal properties, did not the experience include something in the objects which causes them to be experienced the way they are.

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