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This book is complementary introduction to Hegel¡¯s ¡®Phenomenology of the Mind¡¯. It follows through Hegel¡¯s thought chapter by chapter. Primarily, this book is the commentary and recapturing of the book chapter by chapter. But it is not simple exegesis. It recaptures the nub of each chapter not in simple briefing, but in the way to place Hegel against other philosophers like Descartes, Locke, Kant, Husserl, Ayer, Wittgenstein and so forth. In that way, we can capture Hegel¡¯s line with more ease. But don¡¯t afraid. You don¡¯t have to know other philosophers. They are mobilized to bring out Hegel in contrast to other philosophers. So the author does not present them in detail, but to the point in relation to Hegel¡¯s line, in the way not requiring some knowledge on the philosopher.
For other complementary material, I recommend Werner Marx¡¯s ¡®Hegel¡¯s Phenomenology of the Mind¡¯. though it¡¯s confined to the preface and introduction, the author tactically captures the essence of the book. W. Marx¡¯s book is about some vocabulary in preface and introduction. He explains them in relation to the tradition of German idealism. If you are familiar with Kant, it must be helpful. Some recommend Jean Hyppolite¡¯s ¡®Genesis and Structure of Hegel¡¯s ¡°Phenomenology of the Mind¡±¡¯. But in my view, it¡¯s more difficult to follow than Hegel¡¯s own book.