Partnering With PEL to Offer Hegel Seminar

We’ve been invited by the people over at the Partially Examined Life to partner with them in offering “souped-up Not School content”, as Mark Linsenmeyer has called it.

As a first offering, I’m proposing a PEL Citizen’s reading group culminating in a free seminar I’ll provide for August, focused on the portion of G.W.F. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit that is called the “Master-Slave Dialectic” (i.e. Self-Consciousness, B.IV.A, paragraphs 178-196).  This will be reading/study group on the Master-Slave dialectic, which will culminate in a 2-hour online discussion seminar that I’ll lead during an afternoon towards the end of August (see below about how the date will be determined).

We’ll be using a video-conferencing platform called FreeConferenceCall. This is the same platform we use for our longer (4-6 week) philosophy classes offered through ReasonIO. Participants in the reading group will be provided the link to log in and participate in the seminar.

To kick off this partnership with the PEL Not-School, I’m offering this seminar on Hegel entirely free of charge. Future monthly 2-hour seminars will have a modest fee, but PEL citizens will be offered a special rate.

We’re going to cap this group at 20 participants. I’m not going to specify any prerequisites for this group. Anyone interested in this topic can join. Hegel is notoriously difficult reading, but this is a short section, and I’ll be suggesting some useful resources that might make studying this rich text significantly easier.

I’m offering participation in this seminar to my YouTube subscribers, ReasonIO clients, and my social media followers – and suggesting they join up as PEL citizens – so you might see a few new faces in the group as well.

The text that we’ll be referencing is the Miller translation of Hegel’s Phenomenology, which is readily and inexpensively available. Here’s where you can find links to that translation, as well as others.

The Resources:

As the producer of the ongoing Half Hour Hegel project, I tackled this portion of the text about a year ago, and I’ve got an entire sequence of eight 25-35 minute videos providing a close reading and commentary on this entire section available for you.

Lecture 72 – paragraphs 178-181
Lecture 73 – paragraphs 182-184
Lecture 74 – paragraphs 185-187
Lecture 75 – paragraphs 188-189
Lecture 76 – paragraphs 190
Lecture 77 – paragraphs 191-193
Lecture 78 – paragraphs 194-195
Lecture 79 – paragraph 196

If you’d like something a bit less intensive, I’ve also got a roughly 1 hour classroom lecture from an Introduction to Philosophy class, specifically on the Master-Slave Dialectic.

I’ve created a short survey for those who are interested in participating in this reading group and the online seminar I’ll lead in the last week of August. I’m looking for input that will help me determine which day and time would work best, as well as other information that will be useful for me in planning additional seminars for the months ahead.

I’m very much looking forward to working through this seminal philosophical text with you!

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