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Fall 2014-2015
* REL 450 (EM)   No Pass/D/Fail

Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

Jeffrey L. Stout


This seminar will focus on the conceptions of knowledge, recognition, ethical life, value conflict, freedom, morality, religion, and the Absolute developed in G.W.F. Hegel's most influential book, The Phenomenology of Spirit, which we will be reading in English translation.

Sample reading list:
G.W.F. Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit
Terry Pinkard, Hegel's Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 30-100 pages of reading per week; responsible preparation for, and participation in, the seminar discussions; one seminar presentation; a term paper (15 pages) due on Dean's Date.

Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
The course is intended for graduate students and undergraduates with at least some previous coursework in philosophy, political theory, or religious thought..

Other information:
Students interested in enrolling should email Kerry Smith ( indicating why they want to take the course and how their previous coursework prepares them for it.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22855 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed