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Hegel and the Other

A Study of the Phenomenology of Spirit

Philip J. Kain

Publication Year: 2005

This volume by Philip J. Kain is one of the most accessibly written books on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit available. Avoiding technical jargon without diluting Hegel’s thought, Kain shows the Phenomenology responding to Kant in far more places than are usually recognized. This perspective makes Hegel’s text easier to understand. Kain also argues against the traditional understanding of the absolute and touches on Hegel’s relation to contemporary feminist and postmodern themes.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Series: SUNY series in Hegelian Studies (discontinued)

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. ix-x

I would like to thank the following for reading and commenting on earlier portions of this book: Robert Audi, Calvin Stewart, James Felt, Tom Powers, S. Robert Smith, and especially Don Beggs. I would also like to acknowledge my debt to the late Stanley Moore, in whose seminars during the 1970s I first learned Hegel. ...


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pp. xi-xiv

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Introduction: Structure and Method of the Phenomenology

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pp. 1-20

Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit is a long, difficult, and obscure text. In this introduction I want to begin with a broad overview of its structure, approach, and method so as to try, as clearly and simply as possible, to explain how I think it is organized, what it is trying to do, and where it is trying to go. I want to introduce issues, questions, and problems that will be ...

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1. Consciousness and the Transcendental Deduction

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pp. 21-38

Every stage of the Phenomenology is filled with obscure allusions to other texts—both philosophical and literary. Lauer thinks we should be slow in concluding just which texts Hegel has in mind. He suggests that Hegel may not have been sure himself or that he wanted to refer to an amalgam of positions. Pippin suggests that Hegel refrains from giving us specific references...

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2. Self-Consciousness and the Other

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pp. 39-68

We have now arrived at “self-consciousness,” which is Hegel’s term for the Kantian notion of a transcendental unity of consciousness, the notion that in knowing its object, consciousness need not go outside itself. All objects are within my consciousness; they are objects-of-my-consciousness. They have been constituted by my consciousness and are unified by my ...

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3. Reason in the World

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pp. 69-130

We began the Phenomenology with a consciousness whose object kept eluding it in “Sense-Certainty” and “Perception.” Then we met a consciousness that posited itself as the inner world behind the elusive flux of appearance in “Understanding.” Then in “Lordship and Bondage” individual consciousness attempted to assert itself as all of reality and sought to prove to ...

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4. Culture and Reality

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pp. 131-212

We have now completed the first part of the Phenomenology, which was devoted to an examination of individual consciousness, and are ready to move on to chapter VI, which makes up the second part of the Phenomenology and deals with cultural consciousness. Chapter VI is an extremely important chapter. Its length alone suggests that. It is the longest ...

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5. Culture, Religion, and Absolute Knowing

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pp. 213-276

We have completed the first and second parts of the Phenomenology, which dealt, respectively, with individual consciousness and with cultural consciousness. We now move on to the third part, chapters VII and VIII, dealing with absolute spirit, that is, with religion and absolute knowing. ...


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pp. 277-294


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pp. 295-308


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pp. 309-318

E-ISBN-13: 9780791483138
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791464731
Print-ISBN-10: 0791464733

Page Count: 332
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: SUNY series in Hegelian Studies (discontinued)

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  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831. Phänomenologie des Geistes.
  • Spirit.
  • Consciousness.
  • Truth.
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