The Phenomenology of Spirit is arguably Hegel’s most influential and important work, and is considered to be essential in understanding Hegel’s philosophical system and his contribution to western philosophy. The Routledge Guidebook to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit introduces the major themes in Hegel’s great book and aids the reader in understanding this key work, examining:

  • The context of Hegel’s thought and the background to his writing
  • Each separate part of the text in relation to its goals, meaning and significance
  • The reception the book has received since its publication
  • The relevance of Hegel’s ideas to modern philosophy

With a helpful introductory overview of the text, end of chapter summaries and further reading included throughout, this text is essential reading for all students of philosophy, and all those wishing to get to grips with Hegel’s contribution to our intellectual world.

chapter 1|53 pages

The Phenomenology in context

chapter 2|31 pages

The dialectic of the object

chapter 3|29 pages

The dialectic of the subject

chapter 4|42 pages

The dialectic of Reason

chapter 5|52 pages

The dialectic of Spirit

chapter 6|14 pages

The dialectic of religion

chapter 7|8 pages

Philosophy as dialectic

chapter 8|12 pages

The reception of the Phenomenology