Phenomenology of Spirit

  • by G. W. F. Hegel, A. V. Miller (translator), J. N. Findlay
  • Narrated by David DeVries
  • 29 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Perhaps one of the most revolutionary works of philosophy ever presented, The Phenomenology of Spirit is Hegel's 1807 work that is in numerous ways extraordinary. It begins with a Preface, created after the rest of the manuscript was completed, that explains the core of his method and what sets it apart from any preceding philosophy. The Introduction, written before the rest of the work, summarizes and completes Kant's ideas on skepticism by rendering it moot and encouraging idealism and self-realization. The body of the work is divided into six sections of varying length, entitled "Consciousness", "Self-Consciousness", "Reason", "Spirit", "Religion", and "Absolute Knowledge". A myriad of topics are discussed, and explained in such a harmoniously complex way that the method has been termed Hegelian dialectic. Ultimately, the work as a whole is a remarkable study of the mind's growth from its direct awareness to scientific philosophy, proving to be a difficult yet highly influential and enduring work.


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I've got some good news and some bad news

The good news is that this is a very nicely done audio production of Hegel's Phenomenology.

The bad news is that Hegel is still difficult.

It's totally great to disagree with Hegel and all, but bear in mind that many major philosophers have already wrestled with and critiqued aspects of Hegel. Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Benjamin, Adorno, Debord, to name just a tiny fraction. So if you want to give this 1 star, you might try harder than something like "Couldn't understand this book WTF?"

No way rlly? Hegel is hard to understand? And the Pope is Catholic? Whoah, rlly? lol ; )

Tip: check out Jean Hyppolite's classic intro to the phenomenology, and also you can search for "the Bernstein Tapes" for some free intro lectures online.. Good luck!
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What did you like best about Phenomenology of Spirit? What did you like least?

I waited and waited for this one, and pre-ordered it. My favorite thing was that it was coming. What I like least is that it finally came.

Would you recommend Phenomenology of Spirit to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not. The subject matter is too difficult for listening. The book itself must be read an re-read to be understood.

How could the performance have been better?

Less sing-songy. He is not a bad performer, but the subject matter doesn't lend itself to his style. Actually, I don't think it lends itself to anyone's style. It's not his fault. I can't imagine what he was thinking as he read it. To make the audiobook better, every sentence needs to be read 3 times in a row.

Was Phenomenology of Spirit worth the listening time?

No. You need the book.

Any additional comments?

Hegel is notoriously difficult to read. It turns out that he's even worse in audioboook form. With a book, you can read the same sentence over and over. But in audiobook form, you can't kick back and listen to this. You would have to actively hit that rewind button.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios