The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths University of London

Research Centre run jointly between the Departments of Sociology and English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths University, London


Hegel’s Phenomenology and its Afterlives

About the seminar

Wednesdays, 4-6pm. Richard Hoggart Building, Room 352

Autumn – Oct 14, 28, Nov 11, 25, Dec 9
Spring – Jan 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 2, 16
Summer – May 4, 11, 24 Jun 1, 15

The research seminar, which will meet on a bi-weekly basis, is open to staff and graduate students affiliated with CPCT, and aims to serve as a forum for philosophical work and dialogue at Goldsmiths. Though the seminar is organised by the co-directors of the CPCT, Julia Ng and Alberto Toscano, we hope different members and affiliates of the CPCT will volunteer to lead the discussions each week.

Main text: Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A.V. Miller (OUP 1977); see also Terry Pinkard’s online translation, with facing German text



  1. Intro meeting; Phenomenology, Preface (pp.1-45, §72)
  2. Derrida, “Outwork, prefacing,” in Disseminatio
  3. Phenomenology, Introduction to Force and Understanding (pp. 46-103, §165)
  4. Heidegger, ‘Hegel’s Concept of Understanding’; Charles Taylor, ‘The Opening Arguments of the Phenomenology’; Hans-Georg Gadamer, ‘Hegel’s “Inverted World”’
  5. Phenomenology, Self-Consciousness (pp. 104-138, §230)
  6. Hyppolite, Genesis and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Part III)
  7. Phenomenology, Observing Reason (pp. 105-210, §346)
  8. Phenomenology, the rest of Reason (pp. 211-262, §437)
  9. Phenomenology, the rest of Reason (pp. 211-262, §437)
  10. Phenomenology, the rest of Reason (pp. 211-262, §437)
  11. Phenomenology, The Ethical Order (pp. 263-294, §483)
  12. Phenomenology, Culture (pp. 294-363, §595)
  13. Phenomenology, Morality (pp. 364-409, §671)
  14. Phenomenology, Religion (pp. 410-478, §787)
  15. Phenomenology, Absolute Knowing (pp. 479-493, §808)

Texts on the Phenomenology

Hyppolite, ‘Genesis and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit’
Jameson, ‘The Hegel Variations’
Pinkard, ‘Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason’
Kojève, ‘Introduction to the Reading of Hegel’
Heidegger, ‘Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit’
Houlgate, ‘Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Reader’s Guide’
Yovel, ‘Hegel’s Preface to the “Phenomenology of Spirit” (translation and commentary)’