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Discuss Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

We will be reading reading through Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit along with Heidegger's lecture course on the Phenomenology and we plan to make our way through the Bernstein Tapes as well as we read. There is a PDF of the Bernstein on the net and I hope to post under More>Files on the Home Page ASAP.

I suggest you get a copy of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit and the Heidigger commentary. They are about $10=15 apiece on Amazon. The Bernstein tapes are available for easy download on the web:

I would start reading as soon as possible: Sense-Certainty, pp. 58-66 in Hegel and Chapter one in Heidigger, pp.45-80.  There is a link on the Bernstein Tapes page for Sense Certainty for your review also.

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  • Kam

    my question is from the last thing Zach read, in #110 – and in trying to figure out the meaning I of course had to go back and then go back again; and came across a knot, so I'm not sure I even clearly have a question. Let me try: at the end of that 1st large paragraph, he says "Consequently, what is called the unutterable is nothing else than the untrue,…" And of course you have to go back to find out what is unutterable, and those definitions go back to other ones; BUT: I think my question has to do with the This that cannot be reached by language, and he comes to the conclusion That it is unalterable, and therefore untrue. and that just sounds wrong to me.

    January 26, 2014

  • Kam

    In trying to form my question, I came upon another thing I had trouble with. Same page, Hegel, page 64. [This is probably going to be kind of long] #107: "… and this *otherness*, or the setting-aside of the 1st, is itself *in turn set aside*, and so has returned into the first." – returned into the first? Isn't it it's own This-ness? he continues with "thus reflected into itself" – why would that be? – The next thing he says is: "is not exactly the same as it was to begin with" – okay but just a little later "*something that is reflected into itself*"… I don't know about that.

    January 26, 2014

  • Richard Bruce M.

    An online PDF for the Heidegger commentary is available at:

    January 20, 2014

  • Kam

    this sounds GREAT! I will try to get the reading done/make it.

    January 14, 2014

  • Richard Bruce M.

    Online version of the Berstein Tapes is available at: is the sequel to an actual tape recording of J.M. Bernstein's lecture on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit in Berkeley, CA, 1994. The contained recordings of his lectures have nothing to do with tapes, but the inspiration remains the same. They are downloadable and freely distributable.

    December 22, 2013

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