Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit [ Alexandre Kojève, Raymond Queneau, Allan Bloom, James H. Nichols] on. among contemporary left Hegelians none has been so influential as. Alexandre Kojeve, whose brilliant Introduction to the Reading of Hegel. ()’ is viewed as . Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit is a book about Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel by Alexandre Kojève.

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That is why scientific knowledge is never absolutely passive, nor purely contemplative and descriptive. That is why he changes himself by transforming the World. On the other In Place of an Introduction hand, he does not destroy the thing as it is given. 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.

To the extent that this activity is activity of the other, each of the two men seeks the death of the other.

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

Authority, Autonomy and Automation: Aug 11, Peter rated it liked it. Philosophically, it would end in absolute knowledge displacing ideology.

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: To work for another is to act contrary to the instincts that drive man to satisfy his own needs. The whole book was like that. Or to put this another way, is it thru these thoughtful snobbish dreams that Mastery, in the Historical sense, re-enters the world?

Don’t think this leads to Marxism. At first glance, it seems that the Master realizes the peak of human existence, being the man who is fully satisfied befriedigtin and by his real existence, by what he is. The autonomous Consciousness existing for itself is hence, for it, the truth [or a revealed reality], which, however, for it, does not yet exist in it. We find ourselves in an important ep- och, in a fermentation, in which Spirit has made a leap forward, has gone beyond its previous con- crete form and acquired a new one.


The truth of man, or the revelation of his reality, therefore, presupposes the fight to the death. But, if animal Desire is the necessary condition of Self -Consciousness, it is not the sufficient condition.

But a closer examination shows that this is not at all the case, and that when Hegel speaks of Dialectic, he is talking about something quite different from what is found in his predecessors. Where there is Work, then, there is necessarily change, progress, historical evolution.

In other words, man’s humanity “comes to light” only if he risks his animal life for the sake of his human Desire. 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.

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July A Brief Note on Tactics This book, an ‘Introduction to the Reading of Hegel’, is a collection of transcripts and notes collected and edited by Raymond Queneau, that is the true beginning of the contemporary ‘End of History’ debate.

The victory of reason was, for Bataille, a curse; its inevitable triumph in the unstoppable march of modernity brought with it homogeneity, order, and disenchantment. But if this were the case, the realization and the revelation of the human being would be impossible.

As a statesman in the French government, he was instrumental in the creation of the European Kojdve. 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 itself by actively realizing its own possibilities.

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There is a whole category of men who do not actively participate in the historical construction and who are content to live in the constructed edifice and to talk about it. I am obliged to the Danforth Foundation for a summer grant that enabled me to complete the revision of the translation.

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The Master, on the other hand, who introduced the Slave between the thing and himself, is consequently joined only to the aspect of the thing’s dependence, and has pure enjoyment from it. Or perhaps only the human consequences of his theory are what troubled Kojeve, not its correctness. If you have not read the Phenomenology of Spirit, you just have to believe Kojeve.

Hegel on Recognition and Work. Indeed, I am somewhat at a loss as to why or how it became so introdduction. To the extent that the scientist thinks or knows his object, what really and concretely exists is the entirety of the Object known by the Subject or of the Subject knowing the Object.

But in the Slave’s case, to transform existence is, again, to fight against the Master. Now, the only thing that goes beyond the given reality is Desire itself. Its a summary of the first chapters of the Phenomenology of Spirit.

This would result in the rexding of the proletariat, and capitalism’s inability to avoid such crisis would necessitate the overthrow of its relations by a proletariat raised up to class consciousness under the conditions of its immiseration.

Consequently, the presence of the Battle of Jena in Hegel’s consciousness is of capital importance.

Alexandre Kojève (1902—1968)

On the one hand, this work creates a real objective World, which is a non-natural World, a cultural, historical, human World. Scientific experience perturbs the Object introduciton of the active intervention of the Subject, who applies to the Object a method of investigation that is his own and to which nothing in the Object itself corresponds.

Kojeve describes the character of wis- dom even if he does not prove it has been actualized. Competitive Sport’s Imitation of War: But if dialectic finally attains the adequation of discursive thought to Reality and Being, nothing in Reality and Being corresponds to dialectic.