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Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (PH922-20/30)

Programme content

In this module we will examine Hegel’s most famous and influential work, The Phenomenology of Spirit. In 2013-14 we will pay particular attention to Hegel’s conception of phenomenological method (as described in the Introduction) and to the chapter on self-consciousness, which contains the sections on desire, recognition, the master/slave dialectic and the unhappy consciousness. We will also consider the principal differences between Hegelian phenomenology and Kantian transcendental philosophy. This module is separate from the module on Hegel’s Logic, but also provides a foundation for it.

Topics covered

The following is a list of topics for this module in the 2013/14 academic year; precise seminar content may change from year to year.

  • Overview of Consciousness and transition to Desire
  • Desire and Recognition
  • Recognition, Life and Death Struggle and Master/Slave relation
  • Stoicism, Scepticism and the Unhappy Consciousness
Timing and CATS

This module runs in the Autumn Term and is worth 20 or 30 CATS depending on your programme of study.