Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hegel Holiday Party - Join Us And Raise A Glass!

This month, we've got a milestone to celebrate in the Half Hour Hegel project, and I'd be happy if you'd join me in an online session to do precisely that!

We've passed the 150-video mark in the series, and are very close to the half-way point of the entire Phenomenology!  There's still some material - and very cool stuff, actually - to cover in the 200+-paragraph-long Reason section, but we're almost done with that section of the work, and ready to move into the massive, rich, and fascinating Spirit portion.

I'm going to be opening up the last Google Hangout of the year tomorrow, December 23, from 2-3 PM Central Time - that's where we'll have the party (and I may well stay on for a good bit past the official end-time, depending on what we talk about).  I'll post the link to the hangout as soon as it opens on my social media - my Google+my Facebook, and my Twitter.

I'll be having a beer or two as we carry out our discussion.  Whatever it is that you'd like to drink  - beer, a cocktail, apple cider, coffee, hot chocolate. . . . -  I invite you to join us for a toast to the success of the project, and some enjoyable conversation about Hegel and philosophy!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Finishing Up with the Law Of The Heart

The section "The Law of the Heart and the Frenzy of Self-Conceit" took six videos in total to work our way through.  We're now ready to move on into the next section, "Virtue and the Way of the World".

What we find as we work through this section is that the Law of the Heart does not prove to be a reliable way for the individual person to make sense out of his or her existence through practical action. In fact, the individual ends up really making a mess out of things by following that Law - which is precisely why it ends up in its dialectical opposite, the "frenzy of self-conceit".

It is an age-old story in some respects, but one that assumes particular importance for the modern consciousness.  The person find within him or herself something that protests, that revolts against what seems like an unjust, arbitrary, and exploitative world order - one that not only bears upon a suffering humanity, but even blinds that humanity to its oppression.  So it seems that the right thing to do is to externalize this law of the heart, to substitute it for the ordering governing the world.  But how well does that work out in practice?  That's where adopting a dialectic perspective - which is what Hegel is working out - reveals some fundamental problems with this approach.

Here's the three videos wrapping up this section:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December Half Hour Hegel Online Q&A Session Today

The monthly Half Hour Hegel online Q&A session will be taking place later today - from 5:00-6:00 PM Central Time.  If you've got any Hegel-related questions, or you'd just like to chat about Hegel and other matters (we often end up on tangents), come on over to our virtual space!

We'll still be using a Google Hangout for this one, and you can find the link to it - once I open the hangout - posted in multiple places.  I'll put in on my Patreon page, my Facebook page, my Google+ profile, and in my Twitter feed.

Next month, we'll be switching to a new platform, and that will enable us to provide the links ahead of time - and perhaps have a bit more reliable videoconferencing.

I should also mention that in addition to this Q&A session, were also having an online Hegel Holiday Party on the 23rd to celebrate passing the 150-video mark!  More news about that next week.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

What "Pleasure in Pleasure and Necessity"?

More than once in the video commentary and in my social media postings of the videos, I remarked that, when it comes to treatments of Hedonism - moral theories that identify pleasure as The Good - the one contained in this short section, "Pleasure and Necessity" is probably one of the oddest discussions one might come across.

You don't have to take my word for that, though.  I suspect there are quite a few commentators who are not entirely happy with this portion of the work.  Jean Hyppolite - a translator and commentator I always enjoy reading - notes "Hegel's abstract language", and points out the need to "show the truly concrete meaning of this experience".  He'll tell us that "[w]hat Hegel has in mind is primarily sensuous love", but he admits "this is never made explicit".

Hyppolite also suggests that Hegel provides "a description of the hedonism of every epoch, albeit, to be sure, a refined hedonism."  I can't say I agree with that qualification myself, and although I can see why one might interpret Hegel's allusive, or even at times almost cryptic remarks about "pleasure" to refer primarily to those of sensuous love, I don't agree with according that primacy.  There's more going on in this passage, I think, when it comes to the pleasure - or pleasures - involved.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Three Videos on the Law Of The Heart

After that short section on Pleasure and Necessity (and I do have another post coming soon, discussing Hegel's treatment of hedonism in that portion of the text), we now have a longer and more complex section - The Law of the Heart and the Frenzy of Self-Conceit.

What Hegel is exploring and examining is a new shape of consciousness, one that he views as particular to modern times in the West.  In the earlier portions of this "Actualization of Self-Consciousness" part of the Reason section, Hegel narrated for us how rational self-consciousness extricated itself from what he had called the "ethical substance" - the culture and community to which the individual belongs, seemingly complete with its laws, mores, and customs, its Sitte.

Self-consciousness tried out an individualism of pleasure-seeking and found it empty.  Now it is going to look within, to its own sentiments, and find a "law of the heart", a law that calls for being externalized, actualized, in and against the social space in which that individual - and all the other ones as well - lives out its existence.  How well will that new project go?  Well, you'll have to see. . .

Here are the first three videos for this section:

Friday, December 2, 2016

A New Perk for Supporters of the Project

I've been dying to share some cool news about the Half Hour Hegel project - specifically about a new perk I've been developing for the supporters of the project - and now I can finally spill the proverbial beans!

We've created an online academy for ReasonIO (my company), using the Teachable platform.  The first class that I published is a free course on Epictetus' Enchiridion.  I just now published the second class - a course site for the Half Hour Hegel project.

This new course lists for $175, but it is FREE for all Patreon supporters of the Half Hour Hegel project.  That's right: anyone who supports the project, even at the $1-per-video level (usually $6 per month) gets full lifetime access to the course site!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pleasure and Necessity Videos

The sub-section, "Actualization of Rational Self-Consciousness Through Its Own Activity", is considerably shorter than the previous sub-section (Observing Reason) of the massive Reason section of the Phenomenology of Spirit.  But, in my view, it's even more interesting and important.  (I'll admit that I do have a bit of a bias in favor of practical philosophy, as opposed to the merely speculative or theoretical).

After working his way through some introductory - but very important - dialectical developments (for instance, bringing up the relationship between the individual rational self-consciousness and the "ethical substance" of the community), we're now in the first of the three main dialectics of this section.  This one is called "Pleasure and Necessity" - but as I point out in the commentary videos, it's one of the strangest treatments of pleasure you're going to find in philosophical literature (you'll actually see just as many references to "pleasure" in the section that follows ("The Law of the Heart and the Frenzy of Self Conceit")

Here are the commentary videos for this first section - Pleasure and Necessity.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November Public Hegel Q&A Session Later Today

We've been making some good progress through the Phenomenology - particularly the Reason section, whose second portion we're now working through.  And, it's high time for another public online Q&A session.  This time I wanted to give a bit of notice ahead of time, but as it turns out, it's today. . . 

We're thinking, by the way, of moving away from Google Hangouts for hosting these sessions and towards a better platform - most likelyFreeConferenceCall.com, which we've used for other interactions, e.g. my online classes.

In any case, later on today - 5-6 PM Central (i.e. Chicago) Time, I'll be holding the Q&A session via Google Hangouts, as usual.  I'll post the link for the Hangout once it's opened in several locations - my Patreon page, my Facebook author page, in Google+, and in Twitter. So, if you want to participate, you'll need to check at least one of those around the time the Hangout started.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

How Much Background Do You Need?

One of the Hegel-related blogs I read regularly is The Empyrean Trail, written by Anthony Wolf, who also goes by the pleasingly fanciful moniker of A.W. Hegel.  I like what I've read so far, and a recent piece - An anecdote on the myth that Hegel is impossible without background - has spurred me to do some thinking, and as you can see here, a bit of writing today.

He's raising a very important question, one that does come up from time to time as comments on the Half Hour Hegel videos - just how much preparation does one need in order to be able to successfully read and understand G.W.F. Hegel's works?  Here's how Anthony puts it:
One of the most annoying points I encounter repeatedly when it comes to engaging Hegel for a newcomer is the repetition that Hegel is very, VERY, difficult. So difficult, in fact, that if you have not had at least four years of your life dealing with learning at least the continental movement from Hume to Kant to Fichte to Schelling to… ever increasing background qualifications, you have no hope in properly understanding anything Hegel has to say. That’s not even counting the difficulty of learning Hegel’s terminology itself and the obscure logic of dialectics. So… just hold on until you’ve made it through undergrad, there is no shame in admitting that Hegel is too hard for you.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Actualization of Self-Consciousness Videos

We have now left behind the first - and longest - portion of the Reason section of the Phenomenology, Observing Reason.  The two sections that follow are somewhat shorter, but for me of still more interest, since they have to do particularly with practical rationality.

Why is that?  It isn't because the rational self-consciousness first got its theoretical or speculative (or, if you're of a Kantian bent, "pure") reason side entirely figured out, and then moved on to practical application.

Instead, one of the motifs that you'll find running throughout the Hegelian work as a whole - and I think this may seem a bit counter-intuitive for some people ("isn't Hegel supposed to be an idealist, so everything is speculative, right?") is that the domain of the practical in complex and often implicit ways drives the activity of theoretical or speculative rationality (which, until the very end of the work, isn't a finished product or faculty, but always remains "under development," you might say.

There's quite a bit to say about this section - and I'll do that later this month.  For the time being, here are the five videos comprising the introduction to this new section.

Lecture 136 - paragraphs 347-349
Lecture 137 - paragraphs 350-351
Lecture 138 - paragraphs 352-355
Lecture 139 - paragraphs 356-357
Lecture 140 - paragraphs 358-359

What's coming next?  Three short but rich dialectical developments:  Pleasure and Necessity; The Law of the Heart and the Frenzy of Self-Conceit; and, Virtue and the Way of the World.  Each of them explores a typical way in which practically rational self-consciousness seeks out its good - and tries to produce it - within the world of experience.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October Half Hour Hegel Q&A Session


The month has just sped past for me - helped by having a LOT of Stoicism-related matters (STOICON, Stoic Week, a number of talks, and a good bit of work over at Stoicism Today) to focus upon!

It is the very day - and almost the hour - for our monthly Public Q&A session.  This is something I engage in each month,  totally free for anybody who wants to come (I also hold another one each month exclusively for my Patreon supporters).

If you'd like to talk, listen, or ask questions about anything Hegel-related, today is the day - 5-6 PM Central (i.e. Chicago) Time, I'll be holding the session via Google Hangouts.

I'll post the link for the Hangout once it's opened in several locations - my Patreon page, my Facebook author page, in Google+, and in Twitter.  So, if you want in, you'll want to check at least one of those around the time the Hangout started.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Finishing The Physiognomy and Phrenology Section!

With these last four video lectures, we reach the end of our commentary of the "Physiognomy and Phrenology" portion of the "Observing Reason" subsection.  This brings to a close a very interesting part of the text, one that is rich in implications for reductivist treatments of human beings, individuality, and agency.

We're already moving into the next section - my Patreon supporters get to view the Half Hour Hegel commentary videos about 1-2 weeks before the general public does - but it's worth also marking this occasion here (if not here, where then, after all?) , and noting that we've made it through over 110 paragraphs of the massive Reason section - more paragraphs than there are in the Preface, the entire Consciousness section, or the entire Self-Consciousness section.  We actually have about 90 paragraphs yet to cover in the two remaining portions of the Reason section.

Here are those final four videos in the Physiognomy and Phrenology portion of the Phenomenology:

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Three New Videos in the Physiognomy and Phrenology Section

We continue along making progress through this "Physiognomy and Phrenology" portion of the Phenomenology.  At this rate, we ought to be moving into the next part of the massive "Reason" section of the work.

I have to admit, as interesting as the"Observing Reason" material is, I'm even more eager to make my way into the next two portions of the "Reason" section, where we'll consider specific types and tendencies of ethical commitments and projects.

Here are the next three videos:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September Half Hour Hegel Q&A

It's hard to believe that it's already time for the next monthly Public Q&A session - the weeks are slipping by quickly!

So, if you want to talk, listen, or ask questions about anything Hegel-related, today is the day - 5-6 PM Central (i.e. Chicago) Time, I'll be holding the session via Google Hangouts.

This session is totally free for anybody who wants to come (I also hold another one each month exclusively for my Patreon supporters).

I'll be posting the link for the Hangout once it's opened in several locations - my Patreon page, my Facebook author page, in Google+, and in Twitter.  So, if you want in, you'll want to check at least one of those around the time the Hangout started.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Five More Video Lectures on Physiognomy and Phrenology Section!

We're making some significant progress through this longish sub-section of Observing Reason - the Physiognomy and Phrenology portion.

There is a lot of really cool stuff being discussed having to do with human freedom, individuality, action and choice, and with how we are able to make sense out of all of these - and perhaps even produce or provide for ourselves some sorts of "laws" or "sciences" (which turn out not to be laws and to be pseudo-sciences - but we do learn something valuable in the process of discovering that) about those phenomena.

I'm looking forward to finding some time in the months ahead to doing some more reflecting and also some writing about these matters - and that will happen here first, in the Half Hour Hegel blog.  In the meantime, here's those five new videos:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August Half Hour Hegel Q&A Session

It's time for the next monthly Public Q&A session about anything Hegel-related, so later today, from 5-6 PM Central (i.e. Chicago) Time, I'll be holding one via Google Hangouts.

This session is totally free for anyone who wants to attend (I also hold another one each month just for my Patreon supporters).

I'll be posting the link for the Hangout once it's opened in several locations - my Patreon page, my Facebook author page, in Google+, and in Twitter.  So, if you want in, you'll want to check at least one of those around the time the Hangout started

If you've got any Hegel-related questions, or matters you'd like cleared up, or if you just like to listen to other people puzzle out stuff pertaining to Hegel, join the hangout - I'll be glad to have you there!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Next Three Videos in the Phrenology and Physiognomy Section

We continue on through this rather longish but quite important section - the third and last portion of Observing Reason.  Here's the next three commentary lectures in this portion of the text:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Free Online Hegel Seminar Coming in August

We’ve been invited by the people over at the Partially Examined Life to partner with them in offering what they call “souped-up Not School content”.

As a first offering, I’m proposing a PEL Citizen’s reading group culminating in a free seminar I’ll provide in August, focused on the “Master-Slave Dialectic” portion of G.W.F. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (i.e. Self-Consciousness, B.IV.A, paragraphs 178-196). 

 This will be reading/study group for the month of August on the Master-Slave dialectic, which will culminate in a 2-hour online discussion seminar that I’ll lead during an afternoon towards the end of August (see below about how the date will be determined).

We’ll be using a video-conferencing platform called FreeConferenceCall. This is the same platform we use for our longer (4-6 week) philosophy classes offered through ReasonIO. Participants in the reading group will be provided the link to log in and participate in the seminar.  To kick off this partnership with the PEL Not-School, I’m offering this seminar on Hegel entirely free of charge. Future monthly 2-hour seminars are going to have a modest fee (but PEL citizens will be offered a special rate).

We’re going to cap this group at 20 participants. I’m not going to specify any prerequisites for this group. Anyone interested in this topic can join. Hegel is notoriously difficult reading, but this is a short section, and I’ll be suggesting some useful resources that might make studying this rich text significantly easier.

I’m offering participation in this seminar to my YouTube subscribers, ReasonIO clients, and my social media followers – and suggesting they join up as PEL citizens – so you might see a few new faces in the group as well.

If you're a reader of this blog, you already know where you can find a copy of the Miller translation of the text - but here's the link anyway.  You also know where you can find the eight Half Hour Hegel lecture videos on the Master-Slave dialectic - but again, here's the link anyway as well.

I’ve created a short survey for those who are interested in participating in this reading group and the online seminar I’ll lead in the last week of August. I’m looking for input that will help me determine which day and time would work best, as well as other information that will be useful for me in planning additional seminars for the months ahead.  If you're interested in participating in this reading group and seminar, make sure to fill out the survey!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First Three Videos in the Physiognomy and Phrenology Section

We've been making some decent progress in video commentary production on the next section of the Phenomenology.  Officially, it bears a rather longish title - "Observation of self-consciousness in its relation to its immediate actuality", but it is far more famous for its sub-title, "Physiognomy and Phrenology."

You might wonder why Hegel devotes so much discussion to two bodies of spurious "science" that have long been recognized in our own times as "pseudo-science".  And you might also wonder if because of those topics - even given the fact that Hegel is deeply critical of them - perhaps this section is too dated to be of any contemporary interest. . . .

Well, that would be dead wrong, and if you read through the section, I think you'll notice two things.  On the one hand, Hegel provides us with a lot of very interesting reflections about action, agency, language, individuality, freedom, and determinism - stuff that you might have read in more recent philosopher's works, but can now see being examined right there in this early 19th century text.  On the other hand, some of what Hegel has to say about what many people were unable to recognize as pseudo-sciences in his own time, and based policy and institutional decisions on, might just have some applications today. . .

In any case, here's the first three of the commentary videos for you:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

All The Videos On Observation of Self-Consciousness In Its Purity

We have just finished up with a very short, but important, section of the Observing Reason portion of the text - "Observation of Self-Consciousness in Relation to Its Purity and In Its Relation to External Actuality" (quite a mouthful there!)

There are only eleven paragraphs, some of them quite short, in this section - and we managed to pack the commentary on all of them into three videos.  The dialectic that Hegel develops - and which will get further worked out in the much longer section that follows - has to do with how human beings as individuals are, or are not, conditioned or determined by what we can call "external factors".  Can laws of thought, or psychological laws, adequately ground our understanding of human choices, actions, and behavior - that's the question being explored.

Here are the three videos commenting on this section (you'll notice something else new about them as well. . . )

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June Half Hour Hegel Q&A Session

It's about time for another monthly Public Q&A session about anything Hegel-related, so later today, from 5-6 PM Central (i.e. Chicago) Time, I'll be holding one via Google Hangouts.

I'll be posting the link for the Hangout once it's opened in several locations - my Patreon page, my Facebook author page, in Google+, and in Twitter.

If you've got any Hegel-related questions, or matters you'd like cleared up, or if you just like to listen to other people puzzle out stuff pertaining to Hegel, join the hangout!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Finished with Observation of Nature!

With lecture 117 in the Half Hour Hegel series, we finish up our study of the first main sub-section of Observing Reason, "Observation of Nature," and get ready to start the next sub-section with videos coming out on that portion of the text later on this month.

Hegel has brought us to the point of realizing that the attempts made by the natural philosophy of his time - grappling with the intelligibility of the natural world - to understand living organisms failed to make good on their promises of formulating laws governing those living beings.

So now, it is time to take a different approach - as we will do in the next section - but before we engage in that portion of the study, here are the final four videos in "Observation of Nature".

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Public Q&A Session Later Today

Later on today, from 5-6 PM Central (i.e. Chicago) Time, I'll be holding another monthly Public Q&A session via Google Hangouts.

I'll be posting the link for the Hangout once it's opened in several locations - my Patreon page, my Facebook author page, in Google+, and in Twitter.

So, if you've got some Hegel-related questions, or matters you'd like cleared up (perhaps - or possibly made even more complicated), or if you just like to listen to other people puzzle out stuff pertaining to Hegel, join the hangout!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Four More Observing Reason Videos

Progress continues through this long (54 paragraphs) initial section in Observing Reason - Observation of Nature.

Four more video commentaries are completed, covering paragraphs 272-284, getting us closer to the end of this section, and a resolution that will lead us into some more complex (and from my perspective, more interesting) dialectical developments later on in the other Observing Reason sections, not to mention the other portions of Reason (and don't even get my started on the Spirit and Religion parts of the work!)

So, here are the four new video lectures - it looks like with another 4-5 videos we'll finish up this sub-section, moving next into Observation of Self-Consciousness in mid-June.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

More Videos in Observing Reason

At this point, we've made some real headway into the first substantive portion of the Reason section of the Phenomenology.  I'd wager that we're now at the halfway point, and should be finished with that section, "Observation of Nature" sometime in May.

With these video lectures - and in these paragraphs - Hegel is leading us through some of the common conceptions of the natural science of his time, as applied to organisms, i.e. beings whose end lies in themselves, in continuing and augmenting their own being through their own action.

Here are the next three videos in this section:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Public Q&A Session Open Now

Swamped with various work projects, I jut noticed that I've neglected to post about the upcoming Half Hour Hegel Q&A session - carried out through Google Hangouts.

Well, it's not actually upcoming now -- I've just opened the Hangout.  So if you're interested, come on in.  Here's the link.  Come join us for some conversation about Hegel!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Continuing Through Observation of Nature

We're now six video lecture installments into this lengthy, and first substantive, portion of the Reason section of the work.  Since the section extends all the way to paragraph 297, we haven't yet made it to the halfway point of "Observation of Nature."  Quite likely, working through that entire portion of the work will require around 20 or so videos.

Already at this point, Hegel has led us into an integrated sequence of perspectives as a phenomenologist who is observing the dialectical development of reason in its observational activity: law, physical phenomena, ends, organisms, and teleological relations. We're not done with any of them, though, at this point. . .

Here are the next three videos in this section:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Starting Observing Reason - Observation of Nature

After the four videos (covering paragraphs 231-239) working through the very beginning of the Reason section, and the one video (paragraphs 240-243) for the first bit of Observing Reason, we are now moving right into the first substantive subsection - Observation of Nature.

That subsection is going to take quite a few videos, since it extends all the way to paragraph 297.  We're making good progress this March, however - halfway to our goal of six commentary videos per month - and if we keep up this pace, it feasible that we'll move into the next section sometime in May.

In any case, here are the three videos in this section thus far:

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hegel's Views on Stoicism (part 1)

Last fall - October to be precise - after finishing up the Master-Slave dialectic, we transitioned over into the last section of Self-Consciousness, the fascinating sequence of Stoicism, Skepticism, and the Unhappy Consciousness.  Not all that long after we started making our way through the Stoicism material, I took a pause for international Stoic Week, releasing my customary seven videos (focusing that year mainly on Cicero).  Then, shortly afterwards, I taught an online 4-week course on the great Stoic philosopher, Epictetus.

I kicked around the idea in some of our Q&A hangouts of writing a bit on Hegel's own views on Stoicism.  I was getting some queries about that, asking some important questions - What is Hegel's take on Stoicism?  Why does he view it the way he does?  Why does it comes at that point in the Phenomenology?  Is his interpretation fair to the Stoics or not?  I suppose that some of my regular viewers and readers were likely wondering how I could be rather enthusiastically interpreting both Hegelian philosophy and Stoic philosophy at the same time! (That might be a good topic to discuss in a different time and place. . . )

Long having wanted to do some writing about Hegel's views on Stoicism, and never quite finding the time for it, I decided to clear enough to at least get started on an initial entry, in hopes of writing a follow-up next month when (at least by my calendar) I'm not quite so busied by other matters.  So, here it is. . . or at least the first portion of it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March Public Q&A Hangout

Later today - from 5 PM to 6 PM Central Standard Time - I'll be conducting the Public Half Hour Hegel Q&A Hangout for the month of March.

This is a free service I offer to the general public as part of the Half Hour Hegel Project, underwritten by my Patreon crowdfunding backers.

I'll be posting the link to the hangout - once its opened - on my Facebook author page, on my Google+ page, and on my Twitter, so if you want to get in, you'll want to watch for it at one of those virtual locations.  You'll also need to have the Hangouts software on your computer or app on your phone (it takes a bit of time to get set up, so you'll want to do it in advance!)

Anyone is welcome to participate -- that's the whole point of having a public Q&A session, and I'll be giving priority to those who have actual questions to ask me.

Google at present only allows 10 people at a time to be fully present in the Hangout (i.e. through their own video), but anyone can watch and use the text box to ask questions or make comments.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Half Hour Hegel In Wikipedia

I'm very happy to be able to report that the Half Hour Hegel series is now included as a recommended scholarly resource in the Wikipedia page for the Phenomenology of Spirit!

True, they have it listed (along with Bernstein's lectures) as "detailed audio commentary by an academic", which could give people the impression that it's a podcast if they're not paying close attention, but it also does say "YouTube" right next to the link - and if anyone clicks it, they go straight to the playlist.  In any case, since it's the infinitely revisable Wikipedia, I'm sure that dow the line they'll give it a fuller description.

What I find particularly gratifying about this inclusion is that it paves the way for further inclusions across the internet of this series as a resource for learners who want to do some serious, intensive study of Hegel's work.  Wikipedia has come a long, long way from its early days when many academics of my generation - and the older generations as well - formed a rather negative impression of its veracity and usefulness (this comic sketch manages to convey the gist of many of the complaints from back then), and we often recommended students not to rely upon it.

Wikipedia has become an integral part not only of the internet landscape, but even more importantly, an initial guide for learners engaging in research and inquiry.  So, if it sends people to the Half Hour Hegel series - whose entire purpose is making it possible for people worldwide to grapple with a major work of Western philosophy - that strikes me as a very good thing.



Thursday, February 25, 2016

Video #100 in the Half Hour Hegel Series Published!

The Half Hour Hegel project has been underway for about two years at this point, we've made quite a bit of progress.  We're now just at the beginning paragraphs of the quite lengthy section, "Reason," but we're making good headway through the work, averaging about 6 videos per month.

With the single video devoted to the four paragraphs (240-243) at the very start of the first main sub-section of "Reason", i.e. "Observing Reason", we hit an mark - number 100!

There's nothing magical about that number of course, but it is a pleasingly rounded one, I have to admit.  And it provides a decent vantage point from which to look back over the two years of work, and the interactions with those who have been using, discussing, and (in some cases) supporting the production of this commentary on Hegel's Phenomenology.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hegel Q&A Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow evening - from 5 PM to 6 PM Central Standard Time - I'm holding the Public Half Hour Hegel Q&A Hangout for the month of February.

This is a free service I started to offer to the general public as part of the Half Hour Hegel Project once we passed a particular level of support from my Patreon crowdfunding backers (so if you go to the hangout and benefit from it, if you know any of them, make sure to thank them!)

I'll be posting the link to the hangout - once its opened - on my Facebook author page, on my Google+ page, and on my Twitter, so if you want to get in, you'll want to watch for it at one of those virtual locations.  You'll also need to have the Hangouts software on your computer or app on your phone.

Anyone is welcome to pop in, and I'll be giving priority to those who have actual questions for me.  Google at present only allows 10 people at a time to be fully present in the Hangout (i.e. through their own video), but anyone can watch and use the text box to ask questions or make comments.

So, if you've got a yen to talk some Hegel, mark it on your calendar, and watch for that Hangout link!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Starting A New Section - Reason

After making our way through the earlier parts of the work - the Preface, the Introduction, the three parts of Consciousness, and the three parts of Self-Consciousness - we are now moving into a much more voluminous section, Reason.

Running from paragraph 231 to number 437, this Reason section comprises 207 total paragraphs, a little over a quarter of the entire Phenomenology of Spirit.  So, I imagine we'll be working our way through this very interesting section for roughly about the next year. Or, perhaps for a bit longer time - though with luck, perhaps a bit more quickly. . .

At present, I've got the three first video commentaries from this section available.  Here they are:


  • Lecture 96 - paragraphs 231-232
  • Lecture 97 - paragraphs 233-234
  • Lecture 98 - paragraphs 235-236
  • Friday, January 29, 2016

    Hegel Party to Celebrate Finishing Self Consciousness!

    Over the last two years, supported through most of it by my Patreon backers (and I ought to mention, through all of it, by my wife, Andi Sciacca), I've produced 95 total videos in the Half Hour Hegel series, taking us all the way to end of the Self-Consciousness section.

    That's a major milestone for this series, and I wanted to mark it by hosting a celebration of sorts -- an online Hegel party!  I'll be hosting it using the Google+ hangouts platform that I've used with the Q&A sessions.

    I'll be opening the hangout this Sunday, from 2-3 PM Central Standard Time, though I may well stick around for a while longer.  I'll post the link to the hangout as soon as it opens on my social media - my Google+, my Facebook, and my Twitter.

    I will definitely be enjoying some beer and chatting with anyone who shows up - about the project itself, about Hegel, and about anything else they like.  So join in, raise a glass, and celebrate this milestone with all of us!


    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    Nearly Finished With Self-Consciousness

    Making decent progress, we're just two video installations away from finishing the entire Self-Consciousness section of the Phenomenology.  As a matter of fact, I've scheduled some time later today to shoot the last of the footage, edit the remaining two videos, and upload them into YouTube!

    This is a pretty major milestone that we're approaching, and I've decided I'd like to celebrate it with my Patreon supporters, my other viewers, readers, and subscribers, and anyone else who wants to get in on a Hegel party.  That will take place by Google Hangout on January 31st, and I'll write more about that in the next several days.

    At present, we've worked our way through fourteen video installations worth of material in the "Stoicism, Skepticism, and the Unhappy Consciousness," the third part of the Self-Consciousness section - eight of which have been specifically on the Unhappy Consciousness.  Here are those videos, in sequence:

  • Lecture 86 - sec. 206-208
  • Lecture 87 - sec. 209-210
  • Lecture 88 - sec. 211-212
  • Lecture 89 - sec. 213-216
  • Lecture 90 - sec. 217
  • Lecture 91 - sec. 218-220
  • Lecture 92 - sec. 221-222
  • Lecture 93 - sec. 223-226