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".