The Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks painlessly introduce students to the classic works of philosophy. Each GuideBook considers a major philosopher and a key area of their philosophy by focusing on an important text - situating the philosopher and the work in a historical context, considering the text in question and assessing the philosopher's contribution to contemporary thought. The Phenomenology of Spirit is Hegel's most important and famous work. It is essential to understanding Hegel's philosophical system and why he remains a major figure in Western Philosophy. This GuideBook introduces and assesses: Hegel's life and the background to the Phenomenology of Spirit the ideas and the text of the Phenomenology of Spirit the continuing importance of Hegel's work to philosophy.
Robert A. Stern is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield