Shapes of Consciousness Summer Reading Group

Organized by JP Bowditch. Open to students, staff, and faculty; stop by an info session at 4:00pm in Gest 101 on Wednesday, 5/4, or contact jbowditc@haverford.edu or kwright@haverford.edu for more information.

.W.F. Hegel's seminal work The Phenomenology of Spirit is meant to evoke a transformative experience for the reader. The aim of reading this collectively then is to share the nuanced differences between each individuals passage through this "series of successive phenomenal worlds," in hopes of culminating, as the book does, in an understanding of configurations of social existence and "Absolute" truth. Hegel's formative book is notoriously challenging to tackle not only because the philosophical ideas that emerge and develop through the text are complex and wide-ranging (delving into epistemology, metaphysics, history, social and political theory, education, and religion, to name a few), but Hegel's writing style, which some would contend is inseparable from the content of his thoughts, is puzzling. Open to students, staff, and faculty; stop by an info session at 4:00pm in Gest 101 on Wednesday, 5/4, or contact jbowditc@haverford.edu or kwright@haverford.edu for more information.

Sponsored by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center

haverford.edu/hhc