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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Next date and further clarifications

Hi

The next meeting will be at my house on Thursday the 20th. Email cup01jc@gold.ac.uk for the address, (it was posted it to the ccs-phd list). I think it's best to go through the book slowly, throughly and consistently in a quiet room. Due to the nature of the Phenomenology of Spirit as outlined in the Preface, may I suggest that we do not try to summarize or pin down the slippery Hegel too prematurely. Each section in a way sublates the section that precedes it.

For those of you who have missed most or a few or all of the sessions it is indeed not too late to join in! We indeed have not gotten very far with the Phenomenology of Spirit. For those of you who will not be able to make weekly meetings, I think if we keep a steady slow pace that you will be able to join in every two weeks or just attend the sessions on the section you are interested in, if you are already familiar with the book. We will post the dates, the corresponding sections and the locations (whose house it will be held in or what room in Goldsmiths) after the meeting on Thursday on this site and to the ccs-list. I will send out weekly reminders of the section and the location (with full address) on the ccs-phd list.

See you Thursday.

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom Bunyard said...

"Due to the nature of the Phenomenology of Spirit as outlined in the Preface, may I suggest that we do not try to summarize or pin down the slippery Hegel too prematurely. Each section in a way sublates the section that precedes it."


Yeah, each chapter sublates the previous one, and throughout the text you can see the same themes and concepts reappearing in a steadily more complex form. But this doesn't invalidate any attempt to summarise the movement of each chapter, in so far as the 'summary' is no more than an attempt to render the chapter marginally more comprehensible.

If one was to present a complete and finished 'answer' for each chapter, a summary of what each chapter 'does' (i.e. the answer to Percepion is THIS! The answer to Sense Certainty is THIS!) , thereby obscuring the movement of the dialectic and disasociating the conclusion of the chapter from its development and from the overall whole...then yeah, you'd have a very valid point.

But in so far as one simply attempts to follow the movements and claims that Hegel makes (as I'd tried to do in the dodgy summaries below, and as I hope others attempt to do in the future), and then ties to render this movement in comprehensible English, one is not providing concise and discrete 'answers.' Rather, the intention is to simply to figure out what the hell he's saying - not to pin him down, or ignore the assertions that he makes in the Preface. I've changed the end of the Force and the Understanding summary three or four times now, and fully intend to revise it again before too long. but even if its hopelessly wrong - then so what? The purpose of teh exercise is to learn, not to lecture; if I understood Hegel I wouldn't bother with a reading group. I wrote those summaries for my own benefit and posted them here simply as no one else was posting anything at all. I'd hoped that they might be criticised and corrected; it certainly wasn't the intention for them to be taken as 'answers', or as gospel truth.

To be honest, I thought it might be a good idea if we try and write summaries (perhaps 'account' would be a more palatable word?) for each chapter that we look at (provided people want to). These could then be compared, picked apart, corrected, and used as a basis for discussion. Perhaps we could take it in turns to do so for each session. I suggest this simply because I found it useful to do so; perhaps others don't require such crutches (or don't want the extra work), but I've certainly found it worthwhile.

...but if the general consensus is that its a waste of time, then so be it

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