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Difficult, but not incomprehensible, as some say.
on 9 August 2016
People say this book is difficult, but surely, it can't be THAT difficult, you think.
It is, and if you're curious about what exactly it is that makes the Phenomenology of Spirit difficult to read, it's probably that, near the start, Hegel explains that it's impossible to say anything specifically, because by saying 'this,' while MEANING 'this specific this; this thing here,' SAYING 'this' can only SAY ALL THISES. This is merely this. This is every this. All thises are this this, and this this is not this this, but actually is. This this written here is a different this to the one written up there, but they're still both just this.
Accordingly, considering that it's almost impossible to explain something specifically, Hegel doesn't really bother. The book is essentially a general narration of European history, religion, and philosophy, presented entirely via vague, metaphoric thought-movements. It's difficult to understand what Hegel is talking about, because you need to ALREADY KNOW what he's talking about -- Hegel is merely narrating the metaphysical flux of Spirit.
Five stars for being that much of a pain in the arse.