Selected parts of the three volume edition of Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit edited by M. J. Petry published here as a separate work. The ‘Berlin Phenomenology’ should be a reliable basic text and an accurate translation which has several important advantages. The introduction and notes prepared for the present edition should prove helpful to both teachers and students.
Unlike many of Hegel’s writings, must notably the ‘Jena Phenomenology’ of 1807, it is concise and to the point, and concerned with issues already familiar to most students of philosophy. Since it consists for the most part of a searching and radical analysis of Kant’s epistemology, Fichte’s ethics and Schelling’s system-building, it provides first-rate insight into Hegel’s assessment of his immediate predecessors.
When considered in context, as part of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, it enables the reader to distinguish between the systematic, the logical and the psychological aspects of Hegel’s thought.