INTRODUCTION TO THE READING OF HEGEL LECTURES ON THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT ALEXANDRE KOJEVE During the years the. Alexandre Kojève (). Introduction to the Reading of Hegel. Source: Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, Basic Books, ; the final chapter only. Alexandre Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit. By Edited by Allan Bloom. Translated by James H. Nichols.

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It is not 14 In Place of an Introduction negation [carried out] by consciousness, which overcomes in such a way that it keeps and preserves the overcome-entity and, for inrtoduction very reason, survives the fact of being overcome.

The Slave transforms the given conditions of existence so as to make them conform to the Master’s demands. I was reading this book for 9 months. The value that he attributes to himself could be illusory; the idea that he has of him- self could be false or mad. Thus this ideology prevents Man from acting: That is why Hegel says, “the true being of man is his action. To be sure, for this to take place, the Slave must cease to be Slave: But this possibility can never be discounted either.

So, what is the effectiveness that Kojeve speaks of? The Slave, also, considers him as such. The relation of the two Self-Consciousnesses, therefore, is determined in such a way that they come to light — each for itself and one for the other — through the fight for life and death.

In the first place, it is the Master that is the essential-reality for Slavery. Only the Slave can transcend the given World which is subjugated by the Master and not perish. Discursive understanding endures, the Sages will come, the Circularity of the Whole will be comprehended if only by the Sages and Kojeve will be remembered.

He is boorishly repetitious, persistently vague, and pompously obscure. Such a Desire can only be a human Desire, and human reality, as distinguished from animal reality, is created only by action that satisfies such Desires: And the positive content of the I, constituted by negation, is a function of the positive content of the negated non-I.


Introduction to the Reading of Hegel

We need to ferret it out. If Kojeve is wrong, if his world does not correspond to the real one, we learn at least that either one must abandon reason — and this includes all science — or one must abandon historicism.

During the yearsthe Marxist political philosopher Alexandre Kojeve brilliantly explicated–through a series of lectures–the philosophy of Hegel as it was developed in the Phenomenology of Spirit.

To be sure, in the Slave properly so-called this notion of Free- dom does not yet correspond to a true reality. His freedom, to be sure, is recognized. The pure form [imposed on the given by this work] cannot come into being for that Consciousness, as akexandre reality. If I could rate negative stars, I would.

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This introduces into experience a set of ‘dualisms’ – between subject and object, man and nature, desire and duty, the human and the divine, the individual and the collectivity.

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Hegel says that Man abandons Stoicism because, as a Stoic, he is bored. Jun 04, David M rated it it was amazing. Redaing in fact, this is not at all the case.

Without being predestined to it in any way, the one must fear the other, must give in to the other, must refuse to risk his life for the satisfaction of his desire for “recognition. His thought simply reflects the Real. Man is not only a being that thinks— Lc, reveals Being by Logos, by Speech formed of words that have a meaning.

Many who attended these lectures—Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jacques Lacan, to name just two—went on Generally speaking, there is a tendency to underestimate the difficulties of satisfaction and to overestimate those of omniscience.

Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit

Of course, it is often impossible to use consistently one translation for each French term. Thanks to ooiaur for tne rec. And the human I, realized by the active satisfaction of its human Desires, is as much a function of its “food” as the body of an animal is of its food. To realize it, he must make it recognized by a Slave, he must transform whoever is to recognize it into a Slave. Born of Desire, action tends to satisfy it, and can do so only by the “nega- tion,” the destruction, or at least the transformation, of the desired object: I really enjoyed this book a lot, and it is very helpful for my path as a philosopher becoming a counsellor.


He despises those intellectuals who ro to the demands of the contemporary audience and give the appearance of philosophic seriousness inteoduction out raising the kinds of questions which would readkng that audience or be repugnant to it. And that is why his answer, “I am a thinking being,” is not only too summary, but also false, because it is one- sided.

Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, Lectures on the ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’

Lectures on the Philosophy of Spirit Would we be closer to the UHS if the ‘Introduction’ never saw the light of day? The Stoic Slave becomes the skeptic-nihilist Slave. Hence, each of the two human-individuals must have the death of the other as his goal, just as he risks his own life.

And that is why, in answering the “What am I? This change, then, transforms man into a madman or a criminal, who is sooner or later anni- hilated by the natural and social objective reality.

Philosophy is a hobby [call me a student] so I didn’t feel qualified to comment but here I go anyway for what it’s worth. For real Being existing as Nature is what produces Man who reveals that Nature and himself by speaking of it.

Kojeve is, however, almost compulsively readable and lucid. And if, having nothing more to do, he has no method of inrroduction own, it is because he profits from all the actions effected throughout history. He makes it negate the given. The Master’s freedom, engendered in and by the Fight, is an impasse.