Saturday, May 6, 2017

First Three Videos in the Spirit Portion

We finished up the Reason portion of the work last month, and started moving into the Spirit section - and of course, held a Hegel Party to celebrate that milestone.

Now, we're right at the start of Spirit - which is a very looonnng portion of the work - but we do have the first three commentary videos produced and posted publicly, providing the introduction to the entire Spirit portion.

This part of the work is likely to take quite a long time to get through - probably the next year and a half - but it is one of the most interesting portions of the Phenomenology of Spirit.  And, once it is finished, we're quite close to the end of the work - just Religion and Absolute Knowing still to comment upon.

Here are the first three videos on the Spirit section:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Finishing The Entire Reason Portion of the Phenomenology!

Earlier today, I released the last of the four videos covering the nine paragraphs in the "Reason as Testing Laws" section.  That brings the commentary on the entire 200+ paragraph Reason portion of the work to a close!

That means that we are ready to start a new - and equally lengthy - portion of the work: Spirit!  I've already started shooting footage for the commentary videos early on in the Spirit portion - the very introductory materials.  The first of those will be coming out either tomorrow - for my Patreon supporters, who get a sneak peek at the new material - or on Sunday, before the Hegel Party - for everyone else.

In any case, here are the final four videos in Reason - the entirety of "Reason as Testing Laws":

Finishing Up With Reason As Lawgiver

We finish up with the second to last section of the Reason portion of the Phenomenology - "Reason as Lawgiver" - with these two videos:

Lecture 171 - paragraphs 425
Lecture 172 - paragraphs 426-428

Now, we are ready to move into the very last section of Reason - "Reason as Testing Laws"!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Save The Date - Online Hegel Party!

By the midpoint of this month, we will have entirely finished up with our video commentary on the Reason portion of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit.  After that dense, 200+ paragraph portion, we move on to the even longer Spirit portion - and then after that, it's just the shorter Religion and Absolute Knowing portions to finish it up.

So that deserves a celebration - to mark this milestone in the Half Hour Hegel project - and I'm inviting all of you to join me on Sunday, April 23 in our ReasonIO FreeConferenceCall space to raise a glass on your end, and toast the achievement!

It has been a lot of work - more than three years in at this point - to create the 175+ videos we've produced so far.  I'm very grateful for the continued support that my Patreon backers have shown me over that time, making it feasible to devote the time, thought, and energy to this demanding project!

Already in its unfinished state, this video commentary has become a helpful resource for thousands of learners worldwide.  Just looking at the stats in YouTube today, we have had nearly 270,000 total views of the videos.  Even more staggering, something like 2.7 million minutes - or if you like, 1875 total days, or a bit over 5 years - of videocommentary have been watched by viewers worldwide!

So clearly the videos are getting some traction - and this is just three years into what will likely be a five-year project - and who knows how long the finished videocommentary will be around (hopefully decades or even centuries)!

As a side-note, if you're not a Patreon supporter, you might be wondering how it is that we're far enough in the series to schedule this Hegel Party for the 23rd.  Is that the case? There's a simple answer - in addition to their other perks, Patreon supporters get to see the videos a week or so in advance of their release to the general public.

If you're interested in supporting this project - even just $1 a video makes a difference over time - check out the Patreon site, and consider becoming a supporter!  Even if you're not interested in that, though, I heartily invite you to join us for the Hegel Party!

Monday, April 3, 2017

First Three Lectures in Reason as Lawgiver

We're now halfway through the new section, "Reason As Lawgiver" - at least as far as the publicly released videos go (Patreon supporters get to see the new materials a few weeks in advance).

This is a very short section, only ten paragraphs, and it is followed by another equally short section, so before you know it. we'll have finished up with the entire Reason portion of the Phenomenology, and be ready to start the next massive portion, Spirit!

So, can rational self-consciousness make sense of its own project, the "heart of the matter" that it has discovered to be that "ethical substance" it has been seeking since the start of the second part of the Reason portion?  Has it at last arrived at something it can confidently hold in its grip and be entirely sure about?

That's an interesting "big picture" question.  You'll notice that Hegel resolves it in part by focusing in on some useful examples - that's what the entirety of paragraph 424 consists in, consideration of the ethical law: everyone should speak the truth.  Here are the first three videos in this new section:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Finishing With the Spiritual Animal Kingdom and Deceit

March has been an extraordinarily busy month for me, and I've fallen a bit behind in posting here in the Half Hour Hegel blog.  In addition to giving a number of talks, and picking up quite a few new tutorial and philosophical counseling clients, I've also managed to get somewhat ahead on the video production.

My Patreon supporters - this is one of their big perks - have already viewed most of the next section, Reason As Lawgiver.  (And I've actually released one video on that new section for the general public already as well).  I did manage to release all of the remaining videos for the "Spiritual Animal Kingdom and Deceit" section over the course of March.

That's a rather longish section compared to the two that follow - and that finish up the entire Reason portion of the work - and although I enjoyed creating the commentary, I'm happy to have it behind me!  Here are the final five videos from that section:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Public Q&A Session for March!

We're holding the next Half Hour Hegel public Q&A session a bit later on this week - Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Central Time.

This is a public service that I offer as a way of giving back to the online intellectual community.  It's effectively underwritten by my Patreon supporters (and I do offer a second, exclusive session later on in the month for them).

If you've got any Hegel-related questions - and if you're reading Hegel, you likely do! - then by all means, join in and ask your questions, and I'll do my best to answer them.  You can access the online session at our ReasonIO meeting site.  Hopefully, I'll see you there!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Continuing On Through the Spiritual Animal Kingdom

We're continuing on through this sub-portion of the final portion of the massive (200+ paragraph) Reason section of the Phenomenology.  What's particularly interesting about this part, I would say, is the analysis that Hegel gives to human action, to the practical as centrally important for self-consciousness.

Can a person discover who - or what - he or she is through their action, through losing and finding him or herself in a "matter in hand" (Sache selbst)?  That's what this part of the work is working away at.

Here are the next three videos in the Spiritual Animal Kingdom section

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Starting The Third Sub-Section Of Reason

We're now starting a new - and final - portion of the quite-long Reason section of the Phenomenology, "Individuality Which Takes Itself To Be Real In and For Itself".  We're picking up where rational self-consciousness left off at the end of the second portion.

Here is the video for the introductory three paragraphs of Individuality Real In and For Itself:
Here are the first three paragraphs of the Spiritual Animal Kingdom portion:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Two Videos of Interest

Some time back, I created a video that walked viewers through the process of creating the videos in the Half Hour Hegel series.  Much more recently, I shot another Hegel-related video in a different series, in which I talk about my own philosophical developments, commitments, and interests.

Both of those might be of interest to readers of this blog and to people interested in the Half Hour Hegel series specifically.  So, for those who would like to view them, here are those two videos:

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Last Three Videos on Virtue and the Way of the World

Earlier today, I publicly posted the 155th video in the Half Hour Hegel series, finishing up the video commentary on the "Virtue and the Way of the World" portion of the text.  This also marks the end of the second main portion of this massive Reason section of the Phenomenology.

As with the earlier two dialectical developments in this part - "Pleasure and Necessity" and "The Law of the Heart and The Frenzy of Self-Conceit" - what we see is a shift of initiative away from the first term and towards the second term.  Virtue - and by this Hegel clarifies that he means a modern conception of virtue - definitely takes a drubbing from the Way of the World.

I'll do a bit of writing here about what goes on in these three shapes of consciousness, hopefully later this month (if not, then in early February).  For now, here are those last three videos:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Our First Online Q&A Session Of 2017

We have been holding online Q&A sessions for the general public for roughly the last two years or so.  Each month, we meet for an hour to address any questions - as best as I can (sometimes drawing upon the expertise of some of the other attendees) - and engage in discussion about Hegel's thought and works and the application of his philosophy.  (I have to admit that we often do stray into other territory, though!)

Up to the session that we will be holding tomorrow - at 5 PM Central Time - we have been using Google Hangouts as our meeting place.  Well, it's a new year, and we're switching to a new, better platform for the meeting sessions, one we've used for our online courses and seminars -

Now, if you're interested in joining the Public Q&A session, you don't have to wait for me to open up a hangout and post the link to it.  Here's the link for the session space tomorrow right here.

I should mention that these sessions - and the ongoing production of the video series - are effectively underwritten by my Patreon supporters.  If you find that you benefit from the Half Hour Hegel series, and you aren't already a supporter, you might consider - in this new year - becoming one.  If not, make sure to express any gratitude you feel towards my Patreon supporters who make this ongoing work possible!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

First Three Videos on Virtue and the Way of the World

Before the end of last year, we started "Virtue and the Way of the World" - the last portion of the "Actualization of Rational Self-Consciousness Through Its Own Activity, which is the second big part of the Reason section of the Phenomenology.

With this dialectical development - one that, like the two preceding it, still bears many implications for people in our contemporary world - we work through another common way in which human beings strive after some shape of happiness.  In this case, at least at the start of the development, the individual commits him or herself to something bigger, something that appears transcendent to projected of concealed individual desires and their satisfactions.

Virtue in this modern sense - for Hegel clearly distinguishes what he is examining from earlier, ancient and medieval conceptions of virtue - presents itself by way of opposition to a "way of the world", a generalized environment of ultimately self-centered individuals and the actions, practices, and institutions they engage in.  How does this conflict end up?  It seems at first that virtue ought to be the natural winner - that there isn't even really a contest.  But that's not what actually turns out to be the case.

Here are the first three video lectures from that portion of the text.