Kojève : Man is Self-Consciousness
[Man is Self-Consciousness.
He is conscious of himself, conscious of his human reality and dignity; and it is in this that he is essentially different from animals, which do not go beyond the level of simple Sentiment of self.
Man becomes conscious of himself at the moment when - for the "first" time-he says "I."
To understand man by understanding his " origin" is, therefore, to understand the origin of the I revealed by speech.
( From: Kojève, Alexandre: Introduction to the Reading of Hegel. Basic Books, New York, 1969. Beginning and End)
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