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 because Hegel hears the sounds of that battle that he can know that History is being completed or has been completed, that — consequently— his conception of the World is a total conception, that his knowledge ti an absolute knowledge. How and why is this realisation of mutuality and equality to come about?

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Alexandre Kojève (1902—1968)

But why even bother with a concession? But in this risk he somehow negates the totality of these conditions, which are still the same; he negates them heel masse, without modifying them, and this negation is always the same.

By accepting it, one can already foresee, or understand “deduce”what human existence will be. To be sure, for this to take place, the Slave must cease to be Slave: And only Man can be bored.

But it continues to be applied. Briefly, according to Kojeve, ‘History’ properly understood ended with Hegel.

To be sure, the Slave, like the Master, like Man in general, is determined by the real World. Hegel no longer discusses because he benefits from the discussion of those who preceded him. Sep 29, Mavaddat rated it liked it.

At the moment when he lived, history was not yet completed. And since there are Slaves only where there is a Master, Mastery, while itself an impasse, is “justified” as a necessary stage of the historical existence that leads to the absolute Science of Hegel.

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He is seated on a chair, at a table, writing with a pen on paper. This is in fact contradicted deading the statement: The Master is not the only one to consider himself Master.

Finally, if the end of History is the synthesis of Mastery and Slavery, and the understanding of that synthesis, these two periods must be followed by a third, during which human existence, in some sense neutralized, synthetic, reveals itself to rezding by actively realizing its own possibilities. Of course, it is supposed to be in agreement with the given real.

Introduction to the Reading of Hegel

Taken as Self-Consciousness as such, the Slave, too, is related to the thing in a negative or negating way, and he over- comes it [dialectically]. In other words, only by the risk of life does it come to light that Self -Consciousness is nothing but pure Being-for-itself. But to be able to cease being Slave, he must have been a Slave.

If then, at the start, in the given World the Slave had a fearful “nature” and had to submit to the Master, to the strong man, it does not mean that this will always be the case.

For what changes as a result of Work is not only the natural World; it is also— and even especially— Man himself. References and Further Reading Butler, Judith: 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.

I am acting in relation to an idea, a wowbiological end. 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.


The choice between these ways is free, and this choice determines the content of the speeches about the action and the meaning of the result.

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

It is the experience of lack, the twin of the experience of desire, that provides the ontological condition of subject formation; it is only through the lack-desire dyad that a being comes into the awareness of its own separation from the world in which it is, at first, thoroughly immersed.

A hostile critic has given an accurate assessment of Kojeve’s influence: His thought simply reflects the Real. I asked him if he read Kojeve’s work and he said – it is not Hegel there, its Kojeve putting himself into Hegel Then, he forces the Slave to work. But goddammit, I had to read the same pages over and over again for no reason except that Kojeve wanted to be a dick and confuse me.

And the Hegelian experience is related neither to the Real nor to Discourse taken separately, but to their indissoluble unity.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. One of the worst. To show this, as well as to demonstrate that philosophy need not always be written so badly, I will quote Bertrand Russell: To reveal this World, there- fore, is to reveal the World— that is, to reveal being in the completed totality of its spatial-temporal existence. This note we have been considering is an addendum to a note that began on page Learn more about Amazon Prime.