Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Public Hegel Q&A and Discussion Later Today

Every month, thanks to the underwriting of my Patreon supporters on the Half Hour Hegel project, I hold one online Q&A and discussion session, completely open to the general public (we also host another just for Patreon supporters as well).

So if you've been reading Hegel, or following along with the videos, or even just want to know what all this Hegel talk is about, feel free to join us.  We use this FreeConferenceCall link - clicking it takes you right to the ReasonIO "meeting wall", and then it's just another click (and perhaps downloading the app), and you're in!

We're meeting today, Wednesday, May 9, from 5-6 PM Central Time - so make sure to check the time difference if you're in another time zone.  Don't feel like you have to know anything about Hegel in order to participate. We do a good bit of Q&A in these sessions - and I give priority in the discussion to any Hegel-related questions participants ask!

Hopefully I'll see some of you readers of this blog, and followers of the Half Hour Hegel project there!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Hegel Is Always The Right Answer, No?


I couldn't resist.  And now this meme is making the rounds.  On that note, there are actually quite a few memes that people have generated from the Half Hour Hegel project.  Maybe I'll add some in here from time to time, perhaps with a bit of commentary. . . 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Six Videos Finishing Up the Enlightenment and Its Struggle With Superstition Section

I've gotten a bit behind in posting videos from the commentary here, so I'm posting the six that I've publicly released over the last month.  These finish up the first part of the Enlightenment section, titled "The Struggle of Enlightenment with Superstition". 

Right now my Patreon supporters of the Half Hour Hegel project are already seeing video commentaries in the "Absolute Freedom and Terror" section of the Phenomenology.  They're past the "Truth of Enlightenment" section, the videos from which I'll be releasing to the public this week and next.

For the time being though, if you're not a supporter, here are the next six videos released so far.  I hope you enjoy them - or at least that they help you make your way through this important part of the dialectic!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Online Hegel Q&A and Discussion Session Later Today

We're now a good ways into the month of April, and you know what that means.  It's time for another public online Hegel Q&A and discussion session.  Everyone who has an interest in Hegel, dialectical philosophy, German Idealism, or even philosophy more generally is welcome to attend and participate!

We'll be holding the session via video-conferencing using our ReasonIO FreeConferenceCall site - which you can access here.  It runs between 5-6 PM Central Time (so you'll want to check your time zone difference).

We often veer off into tangents during the discussion, depending on who shows up and what they want to talk about.  But I do give priority to any Hegel-related questions and discussions.  So if you've been puzzled by Hegel's philosophy, want to chat about it, or even just want to listen in, you're welcome to join us!

We provide these free online sessions every month - and my time and work devoted to them are underwritten by the supporters of the Half Hour Hegel project.  If you'd like to help me continue creating videos in the Half Hour Hegel series, and offering online events like this, become a supporter on Patreon!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Three More Videos in Enlightenment and its Struggle with Superstition

Continuing our progress through this rather long section, below you'll find video lectures seven through nine on "The Enlightenment and its Struggle With Superstition."  We're about halfway through this portion of the text at this point.

Again, we see a kind of double-critique going on in Hegel's text.  Or, you might actually say, if not triple, at least two and a half critiques.  The Enlightenment itself is - along other things - a critique of Faith.  And at the same time, the Enlightenment doesn't entirely understand Faith, or even itself - so what we are getting in Hegel's narration is another critique - one of both Faith and Enlightenment.

Hegel also allows Faith to get its own say at points, but although it does have a certain advantage in practice, it is also at a disadvantage.  Faith is right in pointing out where Enlightenment critique puts words in Faith's mouth, or misinterprets what it is about.  But, Faith is even less consistently self-conscious than the Enlightenment is.  Perhaps I'll write more about this later on.  For the time being, here are the new videos: