PHIL 3623: Hegel


This course will involve a careful study of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Not only is this text an ideal introduction to Hegel's whole philosophical system, it also sets the stage for, and is thus indispensable for understanding, nearly all 19th and 20th century European philosophy.

Our reading of the text will focus primarily on the relationships between: a) theory and practice and b) truth and history. More specifically, in the first portion of the course, we will investigate the way Hegel begins with the Kantian problematic (i.e., a subject's reflection upon its own experience of itself as a knowing, acting being) and then proceeds to radically reconfigure the Kantian relation between theory and practice. In the second portion of the course, we will investigate Hegel's perplexing and often misunderstood "historicization" of the True and the Good (a historicization which Hegel claims also to be a radicalization of the Kantian problematic).

Though discussion will form an important component of the course, more class-time will be devoted to lecture than to discussion. Each week I will hand out reflection questions which will: a)help guide students' readings for the following week and b) function as a spring-board for in-class discussion.

Pre-requisites: PHIL 3153 or PHIL 3163 or permission of the instructor. Three credit hours.

Courses Regularly Taught:

Dr. James Gilbert-Walsh
PHIL 1013/1023: Introduction to Western Philosophy (1 and 2)
PHIL 2523: Introduction to Aesthetics
PHIL 3613: Kant
PHIL 3623: Hegel
PHIL 3543: Existentialism
PHIL 3653: Contemporary Continental Philosophy
PHIL 3763: Heidegger

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