The Phenomenology of Spirit, regarded as an introduction, suffers from a different fault.
The Phenomenology is the picture of the Hegelian philosophy in the making - at the stage before the scaffolding has been removed from the building.
The Phenomenology is neither mere psychology, nor logic, nor moral philosophy, nor history, but is all of these and a great deal more.
The preface to the Phenomenology signalled the separation from Schelling - the adieu to romantic. It declared that a genuine philosophy has no kindred with the mere aspirations of artistic minds, but must earn its bread by the sweat of its brow.
It falls under the three heads of anthropology, phenomenology and psychology proper.
In the Phenomenology consciousness, self-consciousness and reason are dealt with.
"Phenomenology" is the science of phenomena: every special science has a special section in which its particular phenomena are described.
Not that it is a natural history, or even a phenomenology of consciousness; only in the later writings did Fichte adopt even the genetic method of exposition; it is the complete statement of the pure principles of the understanding in their rational or necessary order.
The Phenomenology stands to the Encyklopadie somewhat as the dialogues of Plato stand to the Aristotelian treatises.
Laas (q.v.), and partly under the name of the " physical phenomenology" of E.