Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Four Videos Finishing Up Human And Divine Law

We're still making some excellent progress through the Phenomenology.  With the four lectures linked here, we finish up the very first substantive sub-section of the Spirit portion of the work - one of the longest parts, rivaled only by the Reason portion we finished up earlier this year!

You might think about this first sub-section as the one in which Hegel is setting up - laying the ground - for the conflict that is going to occur between the two "Laws" - human and divine - in the section that follows.  There is quite a bit more going on in those paragraphs, of course - some very interesting meditations upon family dynamics, the nature of death, and so forth - but that is one of the key aspects of the sub-section as well.

At any rate, here are those four commentary videos, covering eleven paragraphs of that section:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Coming Up - Webinar and Online Seminars on the Master-Slave Dialectic

For those who are interested, perplexed by, or even obsessed by Hegel's thought, we have several online events coming up later this month focused specifically on one portion of the Phenomenology of Spirit - the Master-Slave Dialectic (or in the more old-timey lingo some purists insist on using, Lordship and Bondage)

The webinar and online seminars on Hegel this month are part of a series of online events we have started this year.  Each month, we focus on a different theme, and usually a different author.

On Tuesday, June 20, we'll be hosting a FREE 45-minute webinar covering some of the basics of Hegel's Master-Slave dialectic, with about 20 minutes of Q&A built in at the end.  That's at 12:00 PM Central Time - and you can register for it here.

Then on Saturday, June 24, at two different times, we'll be hosting a much more intensive 2-hour online seminar going into much greater depth about the Master-Slave dialectic.  You can find out more about that here.  The first session will be at 10:00 AM Central Time, and the second at 4:00 PM Central Time.  You can register for either one of those here.

If you'd like to hear a bit more about it, I've also created a video discussing these events.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Public Hegel Q&A Session Later Today

It's already that time again this month - the day that we hold an online Q&A and discussion session for all things Hegel-related (and quite frankly, we do get off on a lot of digressions, not only about German idealism or even philosophy in general, but also politics, culture, and media!)

We'll be holding the session via videoconference in our ReasonIO Free Conference Call online space - you can reach it here - and everybody is welcome to join in.  It's at the usual time - 5 PM Central Time.  I'll always give priority to people who actually have questions about Hegel's thought - and if you're reading Hegel, you're bound to have questions!

I offer these sessions the general public as a public service to help build awareness and understanding of Hegel's philosophy. The Patreon supporters of the Half Hour Hegel project effectively underwrite this online engagement - so many thanks to them!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Next Four Videos in The Spirit Portion of the Work

The first section of the Spirit portion of the Phenomenology is "The True Spirit - The Ethical Order".  It comprises a pretty substantive portion of the work - paragraphs 444 to 483 - so there will be quite a few videos to get through that entire section.  Even the first sub-section is quite long, ranging over paragraphs 446 to 463.

What Hegel is developing in that first subsection is an eventual conflict between two main manifestations of the "Ethical Substance" - what he will term the Divine Law, with its locus in the Family, and the Human Law, with its locus in the State or Nation.  Making it even more complicated, he will also connect these two sides with gender, placing Woman on the side of the Divine Law and the Family, and Man on the side of Human Law and the larger Community.

Here are those early videos, the first one of which is an introduction to the first section in general.

The next three are the beginning of the section proper

Saturday, May 6, 2017

First Three Videos in the Spirit Portion

We finished up the Reason portion of the work last month, and started moving into the Spirit section - and of course, held a Hegel Party to celebrate that milestone.

Now, we're right at the start of Spirit - which is a very looonnng portion of the work - but we do have the first three commentary videos produced and posted publicly, providing the introduction to the entire Spirit portion.

This part of the work is likely to take quite a long time to get through - probably the next year and a half - but it is one of the most interesting portions of the Phenomenology of Spirit.  And, once it is finished, we're quite close to the end of the work - just Religion and Absolute Knowing still to comment upon.

Here are the first three videos on the Spirit section: