Thursday, July 3, 2008
The Phenomenology of Mind / Georg Friedrich Hegel -- London: Allen & Unwin, 1949.
It seems silly to write a "review" of one of most well known books in the European philosophical canon; so I'll simply write that this is Hegel's first important work. It employs the dialectic method that he used throughout his philosophical career in an examination of individual consciousness, including careful reflections on consciousness, self-consciousness, science, reason, ethics, art, and religion.Your appreciation of this work will be enhanced if you first gain a good understanding of Plato, Spinoza, and especially Kant. Certainly read Kant's Critique of Pure Reason or at least the Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics before reading this work.