By James H. Nichols
Nichols examines the foremost writings of Alexandre Kojève, and clarifies the nature and brings to mild the significance of his political philosophy. whereas emphasizing the political measurement of Kojève's inspiration, Nichols treats all his significant released writings and exhibits how the remarkably assorted elements of Kojève's highbrow pastime move jointly. this can be a necessary overview of Kojève which considers the works that preceded his flip to Hegel, seeks to articulate the nature of his Hegelianism, and displays intimately at the assorted meanings that the tip of background had in diversified classes of his idea.
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Everything took on meaning. Even those who were suspicious of historical providence, who suspected the artifice behind the art, did not resist the magician; at the moment, the intelligibility he conferred on the time and on events was enough of a proof. (Aron 1990,65-66) Georges Bataille described the impact on him of Kojeve's classes as leaving him "broken, pulverized, killed ten times over: suffocated and immobilized [cloue, literally 'nailed down']" (Auffret 1990,253). 21 22 Chapter Two Kojeve's influence on French intellectual life, above all through this seminar, has been widely noted.
My work did not have the character of an historical study; it was relatively unimportant for me to know what Hegel meant to say in his book; I conducted a course in phenomenological anthropology by putting Hegelian texts to use, but saying only what I considered to be the truth and letting drop what seemed to me to be an error in Hegel. Thus, in renouncing Hegelian monism, I consciously parted ways with that great philosopher. (In Jarczyk and Labarriere, 64) He goes on to indicate as well that he consciously reinforced the role of the dialectic of master and slave.
In short, everything that makes Man happy. ( 158-159n6) One cannot help wondering what life would be like at the end of history. Given that throughout history man has been characterized by negativity (most notably including errors, ideals, and the like), one wonders what we would become in the absence of the active negativity that grounded our freedom, individuality, and creativity. The elements of risk, of daring to confront the unknown, of innovative individuality, which seem to constitute no small part of what makes for the excitement of life and human seriousness, would no The Seminar on Hegel: History, Dialectic, and Finitude 41 longer appear to have a place.
Alexandre Kojeve: Wisdom at the End of History (20th Century Political Thinkers) by James H. Nichols