Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Phenomenology of Spirit by G.W.F. Hegel

Primary Sources:

1) Hegel, G.W.F. Phenomenology of Spirit. Trans. A.V. Miller. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977. Print.

2) Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. "Hegel's Philosophy of Mind." Project Gutenberg. Clarendon Press, 2012. Web.

Note: We usually try and list several translations of a primary work in case people want to compare and contrast.  However, in the case of Hegel's "Phenomenology," the Miller translation has become the translation par excellence in academia.  So, we only list  that along with a free version supplied by Project Gutenberg.

Secondary Sources:


1) Priest, Stephen., ed. Hegel's Critique of Kant. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987. Print.

Note: This book is an anthology.  Though all of the essays contained therein are not exclusively about Hegel's "Phenomenology," they are all relevant to it.

2) Stern, Robert. The Routledge Guidebook To Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. New York: Routledge. Print.

3) Macdonald, Molly. Hegel and Psychoanalysis: A New Interpretation of "Phenomenology of Spirit." New York: Routledge, 2014. Print.

4) Westphal, Kenneth R., ed. The Blackwell Guide to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Print.

Journal Articles:

1) Solomon, Robert C. "A Small Problem in Hegel's Phenomenology." Journal of the History of Philosophy 13.3 (1975): 399-400. Web.

2) Browman, Brady. "Spinozist Pantheism and the Truth of "Sense Certainty":What the Eleusinian Mysteries Tell us about Hegel's Phenomenology." Journal of the History of Philosophy 50.1 (2012): 85-110. Web.

3) Dorrien, Gary. "In The Spirit of Hegel: Post-Kantian Subjectivity, the Phenomenology of Spirit, and Absolute Idealism." American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 33.3 (2012): 220-223. Web.

4) LaMothe, Kimmerer L. "Reason, Religion, and Sexual Difference; Resources for a Feminist Philosophy of Religion in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit." Hypatia 21.1 (2005): 120-149.

5) Okrent, Mark. Consciousness and Objective Spirit in Hegel's Phenomenology." Journal of the History of Philosophy 18.1 (1980): 39-55.

6) Bayer, Thora I. "Hegelian Rhetoric." Philosophy and Rhetoric 42.3 (2009): 203-219. Web.

7) Mueller, Gustav E. "The Hegel Legend of "Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis." Journal of the History of Ideas 19.3 (1958): 411-415. Web.

**This is an old article (1958) but is useful to overcome the reduction of Hegel's thought to the often cited thesis, antithesis, synthesis schematism.  It explains Hegel's method of dialectic which Hegel uses in the "Phenomenology."

8) Williams, Robert R. "Hegel and Transcendental Philosophy." The Journal of Philosophy 82.11 (1985): 595-606. Web.

***This is also an older article.  It examines some of the arguments for and against  Hegel's "Phenomenology" as transcendental philosophy.

9) Winfield. Richard D. "Is Phenomenology Necessary as Introduction to Philosophy?" The Review of Metaphysics 65.2 (2011): 279-298. Web.

10) Westphal, Kenneth R. "Hegel's Manifold Response to Scepticism in The Phenomenology of Spirt." Proceedings of the Aristotelean Society 103 (2003): 149-178. Web. 


1) Dr. Sadler goes through the "Phenomenology of Spirit," section by section, offering a thorough analysis of the material.  This is a major contribution to the philosophical community.  Anyone interested in doing research on Hegel should take advantage of these videos.

***Click here to go to Dr. Sadler's blog where his full lecture series on the "Phenomenology of Spirit" can be found

2) Dr. Sadler also gives a single lecture on Hegel's "Phenomenology."  Obviously, this will not be as in depth as the previous ones.  However, they provide a sufficient introduction to the "Phenomenology."

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