Monday, June 18, 2018

Online Workshop - Introduction to the Reading of Hegel

The Victory Farm Center for the Humanities selected Hegel's Phenomenology as their text to study together this summer, and the director reached out to me to ask if I would be willing to provide an online workshop session, an "Introduction to the Reading of Hegel" for them to kick off their collective study.

That's a rather daunting task - I find it's difficult to discuss Hegel well to begin with - and a major (though admittedly idiosyncratic) Hegel commentator, Alexander Kojeve, long ago authored his own Introduction to the Reading of Hegel.  It was also rather short notice - I had about two weeks to get ready, at a rather busy time in work (I don't take summers off, or even reduce my workload, since I'm not your usual academic). But I imagined I ought to be able to muddle through well enough to help some motivated readers better make sense of Hegel's thought in general and the Phenomenology in particular, so I agreed.

For their platform, they used a Google Hangout on Air, streaming over YouTube Live.  The advantage of that, of course, is that it automatically generates a YouTube video, allowing participants and other interested students to easily go back over the presentation and discussion, as often and as many times as they would like.  Here's that video of the session:

It runs about 1 hour 45 minutes in length.  The first part of it is really some chitchat and introductions, so I'd start it around the 13:30 mark, if you want to dive right in to the presentation.

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