|Author||Ardis B. Collins|
Everyone who has acquaintance with Hegel knows that he is perhaps the most difficult philosopher to read and understand. In this new commentary by the veteran head editor of the journal of the Hegel Society of America, Ardis Collins somehow, against all odds, makes the structure and method of the Phenomenology of Spirit clear to the widest possible audience. Containing chapters that target both the newly exposed and the current scholars, Collins weaves together a book packed with insights that are not only based on a close reading of the text, but are also accessible. More impressive still, she includes a large amount of commentary on the transition from the Phenomenology to the Science of Logic, with a brilliant original analysis of Hegel's infinity dynamics. I cannot recommend this book more to anyone who is interested in the Phenomenology of Spirit, no matter what level of experience. The beginner is eased into Hegel's philosophy as gently as possible, and the expert has a substantial amount of arguments about current scholarship to make it continuously engaging. Even with the hefty price tag, it is the most valuable book on Hegel's Phenomenology I have ever read, because of its uncanny clarity and precise readings of the text. It is worth every penny!