Texts and Commentary
144 pages, 5.00 x 8.00
Paperback | 9780268010690 | December 1977
Hardcover | 9780268206277 | August 2022
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268161194 | December 1977
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268161200 | December 1977
Herbert Marcuse called the preface to Hegel's Phenomenology "one of the greatest philosophical undertakings of all times." This summary of Hegel's system of philosophy is now available in English translation with commentary on facing pages. While remaining faithful to the author's meaning, Walter Kaufmann has removed many encumbrances inherent in Hegel's style.
W. G. Hegel (1770–1831) was a German philosopher of the late Enlightenment. While primarily influential within the Continental tradition of philosophy, his work has become increasingly influential in the analytic tradition as well. Although he remains a divisive figure, his canonical stature within Western philosophy is universally recognized.
Walter Kaufmann (1921–1980) was a German-American philosopher, translator, and poet. He served for over thirty years as a professor at Princeton University.
"[Kaufmann's] lengthy commentary is a minor masterpiece of concise and erudite interpretation. This is a welcome departure from the lazy habit of pretending that Hegel was an obscure pedant who left some quite readable lectures on the philosophy of history. . . . To grasp what Hegel was really trying to do, one has to confront his metaphysics, and thanks to Kaufmann this an now be done even by the philosophical novice." —The New York Review of Books