Monday, 4 April 2022

The Illuminated, by Anindita Ghose.

The Illuminated, by Anindita Ghose.
In a departure from the usual content of this blog, we review a recent Indian novel with a frustrated Hegel-scholar as a lead character: Anindita Ghose's The Illuminated (New Delhi, 2021).

Friday, 31 December 2021

Jean Wahl and Hegel-scholarship in the Age of Existentialism (Part Two)

The first edition of Wahl's book on Hegel (1929).

This post completes our discussion of French philosopher Jean Wahl's Le Malheur de la conscience dans la philosophie de Hegel [The Misfortune of Consciousness in Hegel's Philosophy] (1929). We outline the reception of the idea of "unhappy consciousness" which is central to Wahl's interpretation of Hegel and then evaluate his understanding of the idea.

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit in Scots - 1


This is an experiment in translating sections of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (1807) into broad Scots. We start with the sub-section on the Law of the Heart from Chapter 5 - Reason. Vocabulary and reading suggestions - particularly for the Stage, spatial movement and mental dispositions - welcome. The video includes photographs from my trip in 2017 to the parts of Switzerland (Tschugg, Erlach and Berne) where Hegel lived as a tutor from 1793-96. The script follows:

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Sunday, 21 February 2021

English translators' paragraph number differences in the Phenomenology of Spirit


Image courtesy of (2021).

Here is a summary of the paragraph numbering differences between Miller, Pinkard and Inwood's English translations of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (1807).

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Hegel on Observation and Self-observation (From Phenomenology of Spirit)

Title page of first edition of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (1807).
This post is a commented abstract of the first third of the reason chapter of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), which deals with logic, psychology and other sciences of human self-observation.

Monday, 1 June 2020

"Religion expresses what spirit is earlier in time than science." (Part Two)

Church carving of Christ's crucifixion, in Stuttgart Landesmuseum
This and the previous post are a reading of the section of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (1807) on Christianity. In this post, I deal with the final section on the doctrine of the church.