Announcing a new event for The NYC Continental Philosophy Reading Meetup Group!
What: HEGEL READING GROUP: Introduction to Hegel's 'Phenomenology of Spirit' cont'd.
When: Saturday, January 5, 1:00 PM
Where: (A location for this event hasn't been chosen yet)
Event Description: PLEASE READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW!!!
IF YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO COME TO THE FIRST THREE MEETINGS, YOU MUST LISTEN TO AT LEAST THE FIRST 4 HOURS OF PROFESSOR BERNSTEIN'S LECTURES (link below) IN ORDER TO 'CATCH UP' TO THE GROUP. THE MATERIAL IS COMPLICATED ENOUGH THAT EXPLANATIONS TO NEWCOMERS OF MATERIAL ALREADY READ UNFORTUNATELY TAKES TOO MUCH TIME. BERNSTEIN'S LECTURES WILL GET YOU UP TO SPEED.
THIS MEETING IS FOR THE GROUP MEETING WEEKLY TO READ SHORTER SECTIONS OF HEGEL'S 'PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT'. THERE IS ANOTHER GROUP THAT MEETS EVERY TWO TO THREE WEEKS AND READS VARIOUS WORKS OF MEMBERS' CHOOSING.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE BAILLIE TRANSLATION OF THE 'PHENOMENOLOGY' AVAILABLE UNDER 'FILES' TO THE LEFT. YOU MUST BE LOGGED ON TO MEETUP.COM TO SEE IT. Those of you who already have the Miller translation are at an advantage because comparing both translations really helps in understanding the text.
Following Professor Bernstein's advice, we'll read the Preface LAST and instead continue with the Introduction to the book, which is a total of 10 pages. FOR THIS MEETING WE WILL FOCUS ON PARAGRAPHS 83-90. While seven pages might seem like very little to read, the book in it's entirety is considered to be one of the most difficult (and riveting) texts in philosophy. Better to begin slowly and supplement our reading with the following fantastic supplementary materials we also have available:
1. Professor Bernstein's brilliant lectures. There are twice as many as were made for Kant. IF YOU DO ONLY ONE THING TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR READING, LISTEN TO THESE!!! There is a set of lectures that are an introduction to Hegel and then two sets of very important lectures related to a separate text, "The Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate", which provides the orientation for the ethical project of the Phenomenology. Unfortunately that text is unavailable to read so the lectures will have to substitute for them. Then there are two sets of lectures related to the Introduction of the book itself. THE INTRODUCTION TO HEGEL AND THE TWO SETS OF LECTURES RELATED TO THE INTRODUCTION ARE THE ONES TO FOCUS ON FOR THIS MEETING (dated 9/6/2006, 9/27/2006, and 10/4/2006). All the lectures can be found here: http://www.bernsteintapes.com/hegellist.html
Learn more here:http://philosophy.meetup.com/202/calendar/6919080/