Room: Peterson 103 Prof. Eric Watkins
Times: T & Th 9:30-10:50 Office: H&SS 8018
Term: Fall Quarter 2007 Office tel: 822-0082
Office Hours: T 12:30-1:30 & by appointment E-mail:

Phil 107 Hegel

The purpose of this course is to introduce the philosophical thought of G.F.W. Hegel by considering the works of his main immediate predecessors and major sections of his Phenomenology of Spirit (1807).

I. Reading Assignments (subject to adjustment)

Th 9-27 Introduction (Kant)
T 10-2 Reinhold, The Foundation of Philosophical Knowledge (1791) (53-96) (in BKH)
Th 10-4 Reinhold, cont.
T 10-9 Schulze, Aenesidemus (1792) (105-133) (in BKH)
Th 10-11 Fichte, "Review of Aenesidemus" (1792) (137-153) (in BKH)
T 10-16 Maimon, Essay (1794) (159-199) (in BKH)
Th 10-18 Fichte, Second Introduction to the Wissenschaftslehre (1797/8) (36-76) (in IW)
T 10-23 No Class (University-wide)  
Th 10-25 No Class (University-wide)
T 10-30 Fichte, Second Introduction to the Wissenschaftslehre (1797/8) (86-103) (in IW)
Fichte, An Attempt at a New Presentation of the Wissenschaftslehre, Chapter One (106-118) (in IW)
Th 11-1

Midterm Exam

T 11-6 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (1807) Introduction (46-57)  
Th 11-8 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Introduction, cont.
T 11-13 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Sense Certainty (58-67)
Th 11-15 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Sense Certainty, cont.
T 11-20 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Lordship and Bondage (104-119)
Th 11-22 Thanksgiving
T 11-27 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Lordship and Bondage, cont.
Th 11-29 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, The Ethical Order (263-294) Sophocles' Antigone
T 12-4 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, The Ethical Order, cont.
Th 12-6 Absolute Knowing (479-493) & Concluding Lecture

W 12-12 Final Exam (11:30-2:29)

II. Texts:

Fichte, J. G., Introductions to the Wissenschaftslehre and Other Writings. [abbreviated as IW above] transl. Breazeale, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1994.

di Giovanni, G. and Harris, H., Between Kant and Hegel: Texts in the Development of Post-Kantian Idealism. [abbreviated as BKH above] Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2000.

Hegel, G.W.F., Phenomenology of Spirit. transl. A.V. Miller, New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.

The texts are available in the UCSD bookstore. All readings listed on the syllabus will be from these books.

III. Requirements:

1. Midterm exam (30%)
There will be a mid-term exam.

2. Final exam (50%)
The final exam will be comprehensive, though Hegel will always be involved in the question in one way or another.


One Term Paper (50%)
The term paper should be
15 pages in length. It should involve both primary and secondary literature. Term paper topics will not be assigned; instead, by the beginning of the 8th week (Tuesday, November 20) one must submit for my approval a 2-3 page description of the topic and what literature (both primary and secondary) will be discussed.

3. Class Participation (20%)
Class participation is important and will be part of the final grade. One way to participate in class is to submit detailed reactions to and/or thoughtful questions about the reading 
(300 word minimum and maximum) in advance of the relevant class (via e-mail). 

Make-up Exam Policy
A make-up examination will be arranged only if evidence of a valid excuse (e.g., a note from the doctor, the dean or athletic department, etc.) is presented in a timely manner. If a student misses an examination without a valid excuse, the student will receive a grade of F for that exam.

IV. Other Information

1. I expect students to have read the material in advance and to be prepared to discuss it in class. This is not a lecture course, so class discussion is essential.

2. Honor Code. The Academic Honor Code must be observed in this course.

3. If accommodations are needed for a disability or religious reasons, please notify me during the first class period or as soon as possible.