Hegel for our Times

Judith Butler on the ethics of interdependence

It is probably odd to think that Hegel has something to tell us about our lives, but what if our most basic obligations toward one another and the planet could be illuminated by this philosopher who wrote in the early 1800s? In his Phenomenology of Spirit, he shows us that we are not simply solitary creatures, disconnected from one another, although he knows very well that we sometimes see ourselves precisely in that way.  In his view, self-conscious subjects are never fully solitary in part because they depend upon one another and cannot really do without one another. He makes, however, a further claim: only as a social being can I begin to reflect upon myself.  It is in the course of encountering another that I stand a chance to become self-conscious.


"Once we come to know ourselves, we grasp the way in which we are fundamentally tied to others."


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TJ McLaughlin 29 November 2019

As an omnivore, I am certainly for keeping as many things as possible alive. I want, NEED, fruits and vegetables and grains to be alive as well as cows and pigs and chickens and sheep etc. Indeed it is carnivores who keep those animals alive. Vegetarians are a threat to keeping those animals alive. Imagine if everyone suddenly became vegetarian. What would happen to all that livestock that suddenly wouldn't be worth anything to anyone? They would have to be killed because there would be no reason to keep them alive.

Thomas Czibula 23 November 2019

Cultural Marxism in full force. Another 'philosopher' working hard for the Franfurt School, in order to destroy our civilisatIon.