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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In other words, all human, anthropogenetic Desire — the Desire that generates Self-Consciousness, the human reality — is, finally, a function of the desire for “recognition.

It is precisely Marx’s failure to think j through the meaning of his own historical thought that proves his philosophical inadequacy and compels us to turn to the pro-: By revealing the ‘necessities’ of History long before its final consummation i. Kojeve had indicated something similar to this in an earlier letter to Strauss Sep 19 that says: And can one understand this idea, this Revolution, without understanding the ideology of the Aufklarung, the Enlightenment?

It therefore brings in nothing from outside, and the thought or the discourse which is born from it is not a reflection on the Real: When this actualization is complete the Universal Homogenous State then rises.

Intrdouction desire Being is to fill oneself with this given Being, to enslave oneself to it.

Alexandre Kojève (1902—1968)

The notorious Introdjction of History was much overstated and most premature but Kojeve makes a competant case for it. Philosophy is a hobby [call me a student] so I didn’t feel qualified to comment but here I go inhroduction for what it’s worth. Now, to be able to transform the natural given in relation to a nownatural idea is to possess a technique. He looks like titan, standing over the great mass of interesting, boring, pretentious authors – titan, who shaped the most important vector of social and political thought in the twentieth century, and still and he helped to implement it.


It’s more complicated than that. For Self-Consciousness, and hence philosophy, to exist, then, there must be in Man not only positive, passive contemplation, introducyion merely reveals being, but also negating Desire, and hence Action that transforms the given being.

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

The attempt to make Hegel into a quasi-existentialist, deriving freedom from the cognizance of death, is especially unconvincing: Sep 29, Mavaddat rated it liked it.

Dialectic is but a method of philosophic research and exposition. But this time, these possibilities also imply the possibility of understanding oneself fully and definitively — that is, perfectly. Then, by risking his life, the Master raises himself above given Nature, above his given animal “nature,” and becomes a human being, a being that creates itself in and by its conscious negating Action.

Next, this man does not float in empty space. While the Slave still remains an “immediate,” natural, “bestial” being, the Master — as a result of his fight — is already human, “mediated.

Hence, he is recognized in his human reality and dignity. I cannot make these accusations without some demonstration. One must suppose that the Fight ends in the victory of the one who is ready to go all the way over the one who— faced with death— does not manage to raise himself above his biological instinct of preservation identity.

Hence, he must overcome his “other-being. Nov 07, Matt rated it really liked it. And that is why the Master never succeeds in going beyond the freedom that is realized in himself and the insufficiency of that freedom.

Plus, Kojeve doesn’t use modern w Jesus H. Therefore, Mastery is the supreme given value for him, beyond which he can- not go. Work is Time, and that is why it necessarily exists in time: This is the modern interpretation.


So, exactly what should Kojeve, given his intentions, have done? But how fo man live non-temporally? Therefore, it is only by work that man is a supernatural being that is conscious of its reality; by working, he is “incarnated” Spirit, he is historical “World,” he is “objec- tivized” History. Hence, he is recognized in his human reality and dignity.

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hence it is given in this constituent- element of recognition that the other Consciousness overcomes itself as Being-for-itself and thereby does itself what the other Consciousness does to it. In fact, it has a profound metaphysical basis. On the other hand, slexandre work liberates the Slave from the terror that tied him to given Nature and to his own innate animal nature.

Introduction to the Reading of Hegel by Alexandre Kojeve

mojeve Therefore, man can appear on earth only within a herd. Therefore, it is real. Now, the most striking feature of Kojeve’s thought is his in- sistence — fully justified — that for Hegel, and for all followers of Hegel, history is completed, that nothing really new can again happen H the world.

We are led to a confrontation between Hegel and Nietzsche and perhaps, even further, toward a reconsideration of the classical philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, who rejected his- toricism before the fact and whom Readjng believed he had sur- passed.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. But to be able to cease being Slave, he must have been a Slave.