Title: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The phenomenology of spirit / Georg Wilhelm . 1 For the more detailed account of Hegel’s life, see T. P. Pinkard, Hegel: A. Ralph Blumenau immerses himself in a monumental biography of Hegel by Terry Pinkard. Don’t judge a book by its bibliography: George Steiner on Terry Pinkard’s biography of Hegel.

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Pinkard’s concluding paragraph is worth quoting in full:. Instead of following Hegel’s lectures in their chronological or textual order, the book tracks the major issues that lie in the background of the reception of Hegel’s philosophy of history.

Published inthis is the first major biography of Hegel in English. Compare, say, the life of Marx, and I think most would agree this is pretty thin stuff.

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They seem to share a quasi-mystical obsession with the whole. The Sociality of Reason. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

See where this leads you? Refresh and try again. At his best, Hegel has a sense of the ‘density of being’, of the dialectical interplay between consciousness and the existential tenacity of things unrivalled. The good news is that none of us this matters very much, since Pinkard really does know his philosophy. Pinkard doesn’t have a lot to work with in terms of human drama.

At this point I’m on page it’s not exactly clear to me how Hegel fits into this picture. Considering that he takes pages to get there, Pinkard’s treatment of the Phenomenology is surprisingly brisk, under 20 pages. Speaking pibkard myself, I can’t really agree. Even the anecdotes are long familiar.


Pinkard has written engrossingly of a supreme instance of the life dedicated to thinking. Hegel is there to beat back this perennial temptation. Why did it take so long? The ground for this view and piniard plausibility is largely constructed in the first chapter on the nature of self-conscious animality and defended in the final section on infinite ends.

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Throughout, pnkard avoids Hegal’s own famously technical jargon in order to display the full sweep and power of Hegel’s thought. When one puts these pieces together, one has the basic motor of historical change: His dialectic did not envisage that the Spirit of History was working towards national unification but, to be fair, he never claimed that the philosopher could be a prophet: But the known material has never been marshalled with more spacious clarity.

Buy the selected items together This item: There’s a ton of such commentary throughout the book, and yet, at least to me, while some of it slowed me down none of it bogged me down. The story of that life is of an ambitious, powerful thinker living in a period pinakrd great tumult dominated by the figure of Napoleon.

As scholars interested in the interpretation of Hegel’s thought, the key point here is that Hegel is using these ;inkard descriptions of non-European forms of life as a way to argue against two views that have often been mistaken for Hegel’s own, i.

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Terry Pinkard’s biography is of the first rank. But Hegel never took my breath away–as has practically every other major philosopher pinkadd I’ve been lucky enough to study at length. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: In the essay “Who Thinks Abstractly? I just couldn’t figure out why Hegel was such a big deal. The portrait that emerges wins sympathy and understanding.



Pinkard, along with the Americans Robert Brandom and Robert Pippin, is a major contributor to a new and more accurate understanding of Hegel in English-speaking philosophy. Want to Read saving….

Pinkard is not only smart about putting together the details of Hegel’s life to form a revealing and compelling life story, but along the way he makes use of his own professorial explaining skill. In effect, Hegel was saying: These values informed Marxism as well as some of the most reactionary and ‘statist’ models of public affairs. There are 75 pages of endnotes, in which virtually all of the work with Hegel’s texts and all of the interventions in the debates of the secondary literature are confined.

Share your thoughts with other customers. An amazing work of scholarship that comes from a philosopher’s point of view and yet ably weaves in the historical and biographical background. They require a continual sustaining activity for them to be effective. Published March 28th by Cambridge University Press first published The fourth and longest chapter deals with the heart of Hegel’s theory, namely his treatment of European modernity as a distinctive kind of historical phenomenon, and the fifth and final chapter takes up the question of teleology most explicitly.

But better late than never, and both the renewed interest and Pinkard’s contribution are welcome indeed. Pinkard is a great writer about Hegel’s philosophy and the ideas of that time.