Monday, February 28, 2011

Phenomenology of Spirit, Preface, preliminary remarks

Preliminary remarks: First up is the preface to the Phenomenology. As basis for the translation I am using the Baillie version. As a stand-alone translation, it is highly inadequate. As the basis for a new translation, it serves the purpose admirably. As always, the proof will be in the pudding. If these translations make Hegel intelligible and readable to the English-language reader, well, I think that will be cause for a high-five.

One other note: I follow the paragraph-ination of the original German, for simplicity's sake, and also to make it easier to look up the original for purposes of comparison.

A contemporary translation by the Hegel scholar Terry Pinkard is available online as an alternative or corrective or whatever.

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