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The Work of Man and the End-of-History. Hegel Transfigured by Kojève’s Thought

From the book The Owl's Flight

  • Luisa Sampugnaro


Taking to the extreme an intuition of Koyré’s “Hegel at Jena”, during his Lectures Alexandre Kojève consciously transfigures the Phenomenology of Spirit according to a personal hypothesis, which identifies in that text of an anthropology of historical life. What the famous topic of the “End-of-History” entails in the Kojèvian lecture can be understood only by clarifying the peculiarity of the anthropos - that is, focusing on the structural link between human nature and history. Kojève’s analysis is based on the idea that in Hegel’s philosophy the concept of “man” ontologically considered is equal to negativity; metaphysically intended it is time or history; and anthropologically it is identified with action. The essay examines the speculative effects provided by this anthropomorphized logical negativity with regard to the connection between time, Concept and Absolute Knowledge.

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