Closereads: Hegel on Jesus and Kant (Audio Part Five + Reflections on Recent PEL Episodes)

Sign up for Closereads at patreon.com/closereadsphilosophy to get the previous four parts on this reading, as well as our previous and future installments of this new podcast. Hey, PEL supporters: Since there's no part three for Fear and Trembling (nor will there be one for our next episode on Marcel, we thought we'd share with you the conclusion of our Closereads  Continue Reading …

REISSUE-Ep 35: Hegel on Self-Consciousness (Ad Free w/ New Intro)

Seth, Wes and Dylan re-introduce this episode from ten years ago on G.F.W. Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, Ch. 4A "Self-Consciousness," which features guest Tom McDonald. We've removed the "review" section of the old episode (the first half), because it's duplicative of our recent three-episode run on this book. The old discussion thus picks up in the book right where ep.  Continue Reading …

Ep. 277: Hegel on Our Understanding of Physics (Part Two for Supporters)

Continuing from part one our close reading of The Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), ch. 3, "Force and the Understanding." We start off with the dynamic between the expressed and merely stored up aspects of force and how this relates to the forcing and the forced entities in the interaction. Which of these is the "solicitor" and which is being solicited? Either one can be seen  Continue Reading …

Not School April: Dennett and Germans and Aristotle

Hey there, lovers of philosophy, here's with a breakdown of our current Not School offerings for April: Two common objections we get from folks considering the Not School program are “This level of instruction probably costs $6, maybe $7 dollars a month—and that rent is too damned high”...and second “If Not School doesn’t help me wrap my head around the idea that various  Continue Reading …

Many Forms of Doing: A Surprising Source for Pluralism about Agency

[Editor's note: This is an excerpt from The Expansion of Autonomy: Hegel's Pluralistic Philosophy of Action by Christopher Yeomans of Purdue University, who was featured on our Aftershow on Hegel's Logic, which you can watch here.] Since roughly the middle of the last century, there has been a thriving philosophical debate about the nature of action. What is it that makes  Continue Reading …

Ep 134/135 Aftershow on Hegel’s “Logic” feat. Chris Yeomans

Host Danny Lobell joins Mark to welcome Purdue's Chris Yeomans for a discussion of our two episodes (starting with 134) on G.F.W.'s Science of Logic and Encyclopedia Logic. PEL listeners on the call include Alan Cook, Michael Burgess, Carey Hillman, and Preston Price. We ask: What is Hegel's view on God really? What is his metaphysics? Does he have anything to say about ethical  Continue Reading …

Episode 135: Hegel on the Logic of Basic Metaphysical Concepts

A whole second discussion on G.F.W. Hegel's The Encyclopaedia Logic (1817), hitting sections 78–99 on the dialectic and how it's supposed to generate basic metaphysical categories like Being, Becoming, Quality, and Quantity. We also talk about Understanding vs. Reason: Kant thought that we can't do metaphysics because we can only talk sensibly about abstractions (via the  Continue Reading …

Ep. 135: Hegel on the Logic of Basic Metaphysical Concepts (Citizen Edition)

A whole second discussion on G.W.F. Hegel's The Encyclopaedia Logic (1817), hitting sections 78–99 on what the dialectic is and how it plays out in how the Concept of Being, when analyzed, shows itself to be identical to Nothingness, and how those in turn considered together "logically" lead to Becoming, which is the same as Determinate Being and also Quality. We also talk  Continue Reading …