By James H. Nichols
Nichols examines the most important writings of Alexandre Kojève, and clarifies the nature and brings to gentle the significance of his political philosophy. whereas emphasizing the political measurement of Kojève's notion, Nichols treats all his significant released writings and exhibits how the remarkably different components of Kojève's highbrow activity move jointly. this can be an important review 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 diverse meanings that the top of historical past had in varied classes of his inspiration.
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Philosophical lan guage transcends dialec tically in that the contradiction between truth and thou ght becomes self-conscious and thus overcomes itself. The j argon takes over this transcendence de s tructively and consigns it to its own chatter . What ever more of meaning there is in the words than what they say has been secured for them once and for al as expression . The dialectic is broken off : the dialectic between word and thin g as well as the dialectic , within language, between the individual words and their re lations .
P ositive and negative are reified prior to liv ing experience, as thou gh they were v alid prior to all living experience of the m ; as tho u gh it w as not th ou ght that firs t of all determin e d wh at is positive or neg ative ; and as though the course of such determin ation were not itself th e course of negation . The j argon secularizes th e German r e a dine s s to view men's positive relation to reli gion as s omething immediately positive , even when the religion has dis integrated and been exposed a s something untru e .
No sociology c an tell what fate I want , no psycholo gy can clarify wh a t I am , authentic being of man c ann o t be bred as race . Everywhere is the boundary of that which can be planned and made . For Marxism, psychoanalysis , and theory of race have characteris ticaly des tructive attri butes . As Marxis m thinks that it uncovers all spiritual being as Superstructure , p s ychoanalysis does the s am e in exposing spiritual b e in g as sublimation of repressed drives . What, then , is still called culture is s tructu re d like an obsessive neuro sis .
Alexandre Kojève: Wisdom at the End of History (20th Century Political Thinkers) by James H. Nichols