Friday, October 31, 2014

Lecture 30: Preface 69-70 Published

We're almost all of the way through the Preface to the Phenomenology -- and that's somewhat of an achievement in itself.  72 out of the 800 plus paragraphs comprising the work.  Not quite one-tenth of the work accomplished.  But. . .  it is a dense and tricky section, and it does purport to provide at least some of the main ideas of the work (Hegel's suspicion of preface, introductions, not to speak of reviews  -- one needs to kind of spit that word out to make it fit Hegel's attitude towards that sort of literary shortcut! -- set aside).

I released installation number 30 earlier this week -- it's been a bit tough to get everything released on time in my main YouTube channel, since I've had some other videos that had to be brought out as well.  It looks now as if if the end of the Preface videos is going to come in early November.

What's particularly interesting about these two paragraphs are two things.  One of these is the biting humor, the standpoint from which Hegel criticizes the standpoint of right-thinking "common sense", encapsulated in his ironic recommendation that one just read reviews, or perhaps even introductions and first paragraphs of philosophical works, in order to osmotically imbibe their essence.

The other is where he drops his pretense of sarcasm -- I don't think this is something Hegel can keep up all that long, actually -- and points out that there is something anti-human to the attitude of common sense.  I'll leave that hanging here, as an invitation to watch the video (or just read the paragraphs) and see why. . .

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