Monday, August 31, 2015

Open Culture Features The Project!

It looks like the Half-Hour Hegel project is starting to get some press in the larger online intellectual community -- the intersection between academic research, continuing education, and the broader interested public.

The massive curated clearinghouse for online intellectual content, Open Culture, recently featured the Half-Hour Hegel project.  That's very cool to see, and I suspect, so long as we keep up the quality video commentary work, we can expect to see some other sites mention or discuss the video commentary series down the line as well.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

First Three Lectures of Self-Consciousness Published

We've now moved into the Self-Consciousness section, gradually making our way to the most-often-commented-upon portion of the Phenomenology -- the dialectic of Master and Slave (or as it's sometimes translated, Lordship and Bondage).

We've got a bit of dialectical development to cover before we arrive at the rather exciting topics just preceding the Master-Slave relations -- the doubling of self-consciousness, the struggle to the death for recognition -- and even before that, Hegel has to get us to the point where those can become in some way necessary.  He has to explore the nature of Life and Desire.

Here are the first three lectures, focused on the earliest paragraphs of the new section:
We'll have more coming out in the course of this week, and hopefully will be into the first bits of the Master-Slave section by the end of September!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Major Announcement - Consciousness Section Finished!

If you've been keeping up with the video series, you know that we've now covered five portions of the work -- the Preface, the Introduction, and then the three sections of Consciousness:  Sense-Certainty, Perception, and Force and the Understanding.  The very last installment for that last section -- video number 65 so far --  was released earlier this week.

We've reached an important turning point both in the written work of the Phenomenology itself and in this Half Hour Hegel project.  So, I'd like to take a bit of time to look back and reflect upon the latter, and to talk about why the former matters as well.

Friday, August 14, 2015

New Patreon Milestone Passed!

I'm happy to write that we have now passed another milestone point in the Half-Hour Hegel series project Patreon campaign.  A total of 21 supporters so far have pledged over $75 per video produced and posted -- a strong measure of support for the intensive work required in creating the Half Hour Hegel videos.

I'd pledged, for my own part, that once we reached this level of commitment, I'd start holding monthly, free, open-access Google Hangouts in which I'd address Hegel-related matters not only for Patreon supporters of the project, but anyone who wanted to join the Hangout. 

I've already been holding more exclusive monthly Google Hangouts as a perk for Patreon supporters who pledged $3 or more per video -- so far I've held four of them, in which I answered questions from quite literally "all over the map" (right now, we've got supporters on three continents for the project!)  Now, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we'll be opening up similar monthly Hegel Q&A sessions to the general public! 

So if you're interested in joining in one or more of those Hangouts, watch for them. Dates and times will be posted on my Facebook page events, my Google+ profile (then go to events), and on our ReasonIO site.