ICS Calendar Title: Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

ICS Course Code: ICS 220603 F12

Instructor: Dr. Shannon Hoff

Term and Year: Wednesdays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Fall 2012

Last Updated: October 26, 2012  


1. Course Description

2. Reading Schedule

3. Course Requirements

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

5. Required Readings

6. Some Recommended Readings

1. Course Description

Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit consists of a wealth of insight into the nature of human identity, interaction, and social organization. In this course we will undertake a study of the nature of self-conscious life as it is expressed and unfolded in the world of value--in politics, morality, and religion. We will begin with Hegel’s account of the way in which self-consciousness exists only in being recognized, and then we will explore the rich history of that world and experience of recognition in the chapters on spirit, religion, and absolute knowing. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to read other parts of the text on their own, and should have a sense of the continuing significance Hegel’s work has for discussions of value and knowledge.

2. Reading Schedule

September 12                Introduction

Part One: Self-Consciousness

September 19                Struggle to the death; Lordship and bondage (§§178-196)

Recommended: John Russon, “The Project of Hegel’s Phenomenology of

Spirit”; Kym Maclaren, “The Role of Emotion in an Existential Education                                                                        

September 26                Freedom of self-consciousness: Stoicism and scepticism (§§197-205)

                        Recommended: H. S. Harris, Hegel’s Ladder I, pp. 381-394


October 3                Freedom of self-consciousness: Unhappy consciousness (§§206-231)

                        Recommended: Jean Wahl, “Mediation, Negativity, and Separation”;

                        H. S. Harris, Hegel’s Ladder I, pp. 395-446


Part Two: Spirit


October 10                Ethicality: The ethical world; ethical action (§§436-476)

                        Recommended: David Ciavatta, Spirit, Family, Unconscious, pp. 61-90,

                        Shannon Hoff, “Restoring Antigone to Ethical Life”

                        Sophocles, Antigone


October 17                Legality: The condition of right (§§477-483)

                        Recommended: Patricia Fagan, “Philosophical History and the Roman



October 24                Reading Break


October 31                Culture: Faith and the Enlightenment (§§484-573)

                        Recommended: John Russon, “Spirit and Scepticism”


November 7                Instrumentality: Absolute freedom and terror (§§574-595)

                        Recommended: Rebecca Comay, “Dead Right”

November 14                Morality: The moral view and conscience (§§596-671, esp. §§632-671)

                        Recommended: J. M. Bernstein, “Conscience and Transgression”;

                        H. S. Harris, Hegel’s Ladder II, pp. 457-520; Jean Hyppolite, Genesis and

Structure, pp. 491-528; Ludwig Siep, “Practical Reason and Spirit”

Part Three: Religion


November 21                Natural religion (§§672-698)

                        Recommended: Quentin Lauer, A Reading, pp. 258-285


November 28                Religion in the form of art (§§699-747)

                        Recommended: H. S. Harris, Hegel’s Ladder II, pp. 574-648


December 5                Revealed religion (§§748-787)

                        Recommended: Vincent McCarthy, Quest for a Philosophical Jesus, pp.

109-162; Walter Jaeschke, Reason in Religion


December 12                 Absolute knowing (§§788-808)

                        Recommended: John Burbidge, “Hegel’s Absolutes”

3. Course Requirements

Class participation



4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

Class Participation (15%)

Each course member is required to do the reading assignment and participate in class discussions. Good participation should be mindful of the participation of others, and should have as its priority the construction of a shared conversation.

Presentations (30%)

Each course participant will give one presentation on course readings, on a topic that we will decide upon beforehand. The presentations will be presented to me approximately five days prior to the class, and will be revised in light of my comments. It should be the equivalent of ten double-spaced pages, and may or may not be used as a basis for the final paper.

Final Papers (55%)

Each participant will write a paper based on a close reading of a part or parts of the Phenomenology. Extensive research of secondary sources is not required. A 100- to 500-word abstract of the paper is due on November 28. The final draft is due on January 12. Submission of rough drafts is encouraged, but rough drafts should be handed in no later than two weeks after the end of class.

5. Required Readings

*Note: Items on the ICS Library Reserve Shelf from this list may be borrowed overnight.

G.W.F. Hegel, Phanomenologie des Geistes [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2925 1952]

G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, tr. A.V. Miller (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2928 .E5 M54 1977]

6. Some Recommended Readings

*Note: Items on the ICS Library Reserve Shelf from this list may be borrowed for 5 days.

J.M. Bernstein, "Confession and Forgiveness: Hegel's Poetics of Action" in Beyond Representation: Philosophy and Poetic Imagination [ROBA: PN49 .B49 1996X]; “Conscience and Transgression: The Persistence of Misrecognition,” in Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain; "Love and Law: Hegel's Critique of Morality" Social Research. 70/2 (Summer 2003) [UTL e-journal]

Harry Brod, Hegel's Philosophy of Politics: Idealism, Identity and Modernity [ROBA: JC233 .H43 B76 1992]

John Burbidge, “Hegel’s Absolutes,” in The Owl of Minerva,29 (1997):2 3-37  [UTL e-journal]

Judith Butler, Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death [ROBA: B2948 .B855 2000X];

Subjects of Desire [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .B86 2012 ; TRIN: B2948 .B86 1999]

David Ciavatta, Spirit, the Family, and the Unconscious in Hegel’s Philosophy [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .C54 2009 ; Robarts Library: B2948 .C54 2009X]

Rebecca Comay, “Dead Right: Hegel and the Terror,” in The South Atlantic Quarterly, 103 (2-3), (Spring/Summer 2004): 375-395 [UTL e-journal]

Jacques Derrida, Glas, translated by John P. Leavey, Jr. and Richard Rand [ROBA: B 2948 .D4613 1986]

Patricia Fagan, “Philosophical History and the Roman Empire,” in Hegel and the Tradition. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .H45 1997]

Sander Griffioen, De Roos en het kruis: de waardering van de eindigheid in het latere denken van Hegel. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2949 .N3 G74]

H. S. Harris, Hegel: Phenomenology and System [ROBA: B2929 .H34 1995X]

H.S. Harris, Hegel's Ladder I: The Pilgrimage of Reason ; Hegel's Ladder II: The Odyssey of Spirit [ROBA: B2929 .H34 1997]

G.W.F. Hegel, Aesthetics 2 vols., tr. T.M. Knox [ROBA: N 64 .H413]; Early Theological Writings, tr. T.M. Knox [ROBA: B2908 .K513 1971]; Elements of the Philosophy of Right, tr. H.B. Nisbet [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: K230 .H43 G7813 1991; Introduction to the Philosophy of History, tr. Leo Rauch [ROBA: D16.8 .H462 1988]; Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, tr. R.F. Brown, P.C. Hodgson, and J.M. Stewart [ROBA: B2939 .E5 B76 1984 v.1-3]; Natural Law, tr. T.M. Knox [ROBA: B2944 .U413]; Political Writings, tr. T.M. Knox [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: JC233 .H433]; Science of Logic, tr. A.V. Miller [Erindale Library: B2942 .E5 M5]; "Two Fragments of 1797 on Love," tr. H.S. Harris Clio 8(2), 1979 [ICS Library Reserve Shelf]

Lewis P. Hinchman, Hegel's Critique of the Enlightenment [ROBA: B2948 .H525 1984]

Shannon Hoff, “Restoring Antigone to Ethical Life,” in The Owl of Minerva [UTL e-journal]

Axel Honneth, The Struggle for Recognition: the Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts [ROBA: HM136 .H59813 1995X]

Stephen Houlgate, “The Opening of Hegel’s Logic,” in Stephen Houlgate and Michael Baur, eds., A Companion to Hegel [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .C585 2011 ; UTL e-resource]

Kimberly Hutchings, Hegel and Feminist Philosophy [ROBA: HQ1190 .H88 2003]

Jean Hyppolite, Genesis and Structure of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, tr. Samuel Cherniak and John Heckman [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2929 .H813 ; ROBA: B2929 .H813]

Walter Jaeschke, from Reason in Religion. [ROBA: B2949 .R4 J3713 1990]

Alexandre Kojève, Introduction à la Lecture de Hegel, ed. R. Queneau. [ROBA: B2929 .K6]

Quentin Lauer, A Reading of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit [ROBA: B2929 .L38 1993]

Herbert Marcuse, Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: HM22 .G3 H43]

Kym Maclaren, “The Role of Emotion in an Existential Education,” in International Philosophical Quarterly, 48 (2008): 471-492. [UTL e-journal]

Vincent McCarthy, from Quest for a Philosophical Jesus. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR100 .M38 1986 ; ROBA: BR100 .M38]

Christoph Menke, Tragödie im Sittlichen: Gerechtigkeit und Freiheit nach Hegel [ROBA: B2949 .T64 M46 1996]

Jean-Luc Nancy, Hegel: the Restlessness of the Negative [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .N3213 2002 ; ROBA: B2948 .N3213 2002X]

Terry Pinkard, Hegel: a Biography [ROBA: B2947 .P56 2000]; Hegel's Phenomenology: the Sociality of Reason [ROBA: B2929 .P54 1994]

Robert Pippin, Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations [ROBA: B823 .P55 1997X]

Manfred Riedel, Between Tradition and Revolution [ROBA: JC233 .H43 R5313 1984]

Joachim Ritter, Hegel and the French Revolution. [ROBA: B2948 .R57 1982]

Gillian Rose, Hegel Contra Sociology [ROBA: B2949 .S6 R6]; Mourning Becomes the Law [ROBA: B1615 .R67 1996]

John Russon, “Spirit and Sceptism” in  Reading Hegel's Phenomenology [ICS Reserve Shelf: B2929 .R86 2004 ; ROBA: B2929 .R86 2004X]

John Russon, “The Project of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” in Stephen Houlgate and Michael Baur, eds., A Companion to Hegel [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .C585 2011 ; UTL e-resource]

John Russon, The Self and It's Body in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit [PRATT Library: B2929 .R87 1997 and e-book]

Judith N. Shklar, Freedom and Independence: a Study of the Political Ideas of Hegel's Phenomenology of Mind [ROBA: B2929 .S48]

Ludwig Siep, “Practical Reason and Spirit in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Critical Guide. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2929 .M69 2008]

Steven B. Smith, Hegel's Critique of Liberalism: Rights in Context [ROBA: JC233 .H46 S63 1989]

Allan Speight, Hegel, Literature, and the Problem of Agency [ROBA: B2929 .S62 2001 and e-book]

Peter J. Steinberger, Logic and Politics [ROBA: K230 .H432 S74 1988]

Charles Taylor, Hegel. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .T39]; Hegel and Modern Society [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .T393]

Jean Wahl, “Mediation, Negativity, and Separation” (excerpt from Le Malheur de la conscience dans la philosophie de Hegel), in Hegel and Contemporary Continental Philosophy. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: b2948 .H3174 2004 ; SMC, Kelly Library: B2948 .H3174 2004 SMC]

Kenneth R. Westphal, Hegel's Epistemology: a Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of Spirit [ROBA: B2929 .W465 2003X]

A. Wylleman, ed. Hegel on the Ethical Life, Religion, and Philosophy [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .H337 1989 ; ROBA: B2948 .H337 1989]

Slavoj Zizek, Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology [ROBA: B2798 .Z59 1993 and e-book] ; Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2948 .Z55 2012]

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