Hegel's Introduction to the System: Encyclopaedia Phenomenology and Psychology
As an introduction to his own notoriously complex and challenging philosophy, Hegel recommended the sections on phenomenology and psychology from The Philosophy of Spirit, the third part of his Encyclopaedia of the Philosophic Sciences. These offered the best introduction to his philosophic system, whose main parts are Logic, Nature, and Sprit.
Hegel’s Introduction to the System finally makes it possible for the modern reader to approach the philosopher’s work as he himself suggested. The book includes a fresh translation of “Phenomenology” and “Psychology,” an extensive section-by-section commentary, and a sketch of the system to which this work is an introduction. The book provides a lucid and elegant analysis that will be of use to both new and seasoned readers of Hegel.
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- Page Count: 224 pages
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‘This is a very fine introduction to Hegel’s System of philosophy… For philosophers—whether rookie or veteran—wishing to enhance their appreciation of the breadth, depth, and lasting relevance of Hegel’s system, this is the book to read.’
The Review of Metaphysics vol 69:02:2015
‘There is much to admire in Wood’s book… His work is a welcome addition to the Hegel literature, and should be of interest to Hegel novices as well as seasoned scholars.’
C. Jeffery Kinlaw
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly vol 89:04:2015
“Hegel’s Introduction to the System stands out because of its clarity and simplicity of writing, taking difficult ideas expressed by Hegel in difficult language and offering the reader an easy grasp of the core point. Robert E. Wood provides a good translation, an illuminating commentary, and useful contextualizing essays.”
John Russon, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, and author of 'Reading Hegel’s Phenomenology'
“In Hegel’s Introduction to the System, Robert E. Wood displays a solid understanding of Hegel’s text and an unusual ability to digest Hegel’s insights and present them in lucid, concrete form. Students and scholars of Hegel will be fortunate to read this work and be guided by it.”
Shannon Hoff, Institute for Christian Studies, and author of 'The Laws of the Spirit: A Hegelian Theory of Justice'
Author InformationGeorg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) was a German philosopher and a major figure in German Idealism.
Robert E. Wood is a professor in the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas.
Table of contents
Foreword by William Desmond
Part I: Introduction
- Hegel’s Life and Thought
Part II: Overview of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophic Sciences
- Overview of “Logic”, Part One of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophic Sciences
- Overview of the “Philosophy of Nature”, Part Two of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophic Sciences
- Overview of the “Philosophy of Spirit”, Part Three of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophic Sciences
Part III: Hegel’s Introduction to the System, Translation and Commentary: The Key Sections of “Philosophy of Spirit”, Part Three of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophic Sciences
- ANTHROPOLOGY Conclusion
Part IV: Overview of the Concluding Sections of the “Philosophy of the Spirit”, Part Three of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophic Sciences
- Objective Spirit Summary
- Absolute Spirit Summary
Subjects and Courses