Thursday, November 27, 2014

Continuing On Through the Introduction

I've been proceeding along with the lecture series this month, making it to roughly the halfway point of the Introduction to the Phenomenology.

We ought to be able to finish up the rest of the Introduction by the end of December, which works well. 

That way, we can get started with the Phenomenology proper -- those three portions of the "Consciousness"section (Sense-Certainty, Perception, and the ever-enigmatic Force and the Understanding) -- with the start of the new year. 

In any case, here's the next three lectures:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Introduction Commences!

Having passed a bit of a milestone last month -- bringing the lectures on the Preface to the Phenomenology to a successful close -- it was time to start on the next portion of the work -- the Introduction.

Much shorter in length, the Introduction won't take anywhere near the time demanded to produce and post the 31 earlier lectures -- I'm on good track to have us moving into the section on Sense-Certainty around New Years.  It's looking as if it will demand about 8 half-hour lectures to get through all the paragraphs.

I'll say more about precisely what's going on in the Introduction when I post later videos here.  For right now, permit me to drag us down from the sublimities of metaphysics and cognition to the admittedly superficial level of the aesthetic. 

You'll notice that there's a different look to this video, a look that will continued through the other videos that follow out this section.  I also switched the introductory music, and I have decided that I'm going to continue this precedent as we transition to further sections of the text.

With as many videos as are likely to be required to round out the series, I wanted to have some manner by which to distinguish the different sets of videos from each other -- so, changing the background, font color, and music, while maintaining everything of the structure the same, struck me as a good way to mark the move from Preface to Introduction.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SubReddit on Half-Hour Hegel Series

Doing a Google-search to track down some of my materials (eventually I've got to get organized and have everything curated in one main place -- but that's a separate matter!), I came across a Reddit discussion about this video series.  I have to say that the best -- because funniest -- post by far was this one-liner, by quierogato:  "Thought that said half hour kegel."

It was interesting to come across this (and a few other, less commented-upon) discussions of the series on that site.  Back when I was first starting to build my presence in the virtual world of social media, I played around with Reddit a little bit, but I never really "clicked" with it the way I did with other platforms.  So, I more or less abandoned my Reddit presence, then ended up forgetting not only what my password was, but also my username!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

And with Lecture 31 (71-72), We Finish the Preface!

I've just released lecture 31 -- Preface, sec. 71 and 72 -- on YouTube.  With this one, we've now got over 15 hours of Hegel commentary footage produced, uploaded, and freely offered to the public.

This actually has me so excited and happy that I'm not going to do my usual resume of the lecture, and those sections of Hegel's text -- instead, I'm going to indulge a bit in speculating about this project and this particular milestone -- but first, here's the video!

So. . .  I started this new series back in February, after thinking for a good month or so about how I might respond to my viewers' and subscribers' requests for more Hegel material.  The big problem, in my view -- and this is one reason I've actually written and published so little on Hegel -- is that I find it very difficult to simply summarize and condense what's going on in the text of the Phenomenology (not to mention the Logic - and which Logic, you ask?  Science of course!)

So, what's the other possibility?  Actually pay attention to each part, each portion, each paragraph of the work.  Perhaps with some, there's really nothing that needs looking at there -- but I can't say, looking back on the times I've worked through the Phenomenology, that I recall ever coming across any such passages. . . . 

Would it really be possible to go through the whole work, paragraph by paragraph?  Well, why not?  Although there's never been a video series of that sort, it's not as if some of the great Hegel commentators who I look up to didn't engage in that sort of painstaking, close reading labor themselves. At the very least, translators like Hippolyte (and more recently, Pinkard) have done so -- so, although I'm certainly not saying that I regard myself as being anywhere near their level of expertise, it ought to be at least feasible for me to plow through the 800-or-so paragraphs.

In executing a task like that, it's much like mountain-climbing or at the very least excursions in high places, except shifted ninety degrees.  Instead of the advice:  "don't look down," it's:  "don't look at what's ahead -- or you might find yourself falling prey to vertigo! 

In any case, I'm concentrating on what follows next -- for the Phenomenology, the much shorter, and in some way more straightforward Introduction -- sections 73-89 -- a mere 17 paragraphs.  I'll likely get through those lectures and be ready to move into the work in earnest before the start of 2015!