Intro to Philosophy: G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Introduction

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In this lecture/discussion session from my Spring 2013 Introduction to Philosophy class at Marist College, we tackle the Introduction to a very challenging philosophical work, Georg William Friedrich Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. I lead the students through some of the basic themes discussed in this very dense but short section of Hegel's masterwork, introducing them to some of the key ideas of Hegel's dialectical philosophy, including the nature of consciousness, knowledge as instrument and medium, what he could possibly mean by "the Absolute", what a "Science of Experience of Consciousness" consists in, the progress of the dialectic, and the dead ends of natural consciousness and skepticism. If you'd like to see more in-depth Hegel videos, check out my Half-Hour Hegel series, where we are going through the ENTIRE Phenomenology of Spirit, paragraph by paragraph -- the series is curated here:

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