Kojève's reading of Hegel
excerpted from understanding hegelianism ch 6 by Sinnerbrink
1. Kojève combined Hegel's struggle for recognition, generalized across human history, with Marx's class struggle as the driver of historical development.
2. This Hegelian-Marxist philosophy of history was supplemented by the Heideggerian existential themes of temporality, morality and finitude.
excerpted from p. 209
Q1. Jean Hyppolite emphasized the centrality of the " unhappy consciousness" in his reading of Hegel. Hid Hyppolite's interpretation attempt to combine existentialist and Marxist themes?
Q2. discuss Hyppolite's later " Heideggerian" account of language and being. Does this conflict with his earlier account of Hegelianism?
Q3. What is distinctive about human desire, according to Kojève? Do you agree with his view?
Q4. How does Kojève's version of the master/slave dialectic differ from Hegel's? What is the ultimate outcome of the struggle for recognition between masters and slaves?
Q5. Sartre criticizes Hegel for his "epistemological " and " ontological " optimism. Outline Sartre's two basic criticisms of Hegel. Are these convincing objections?
Q6. why does sartre maintain that we must return to the Cartesian cogito?
Q7. Why are human relationship inevitably conflictual, according to Sartre? Do you agree?
Thoughts on reading Hegel
Hyppolite - Studies on Marx and Hegel