Introduction to the Reading of Hegel

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Cornell University Press, 1980 - Philosophy - 287 pages
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"This collection of Kojeve's thoughts about Hegel constitutes one of the few important philosophical books of the twentieth century—a book, knowledge of which is requisite to the full awareness of our situation and to the grasp of the most modern perspective on the eternal questions of philosophy."—Allan Bloom (from the Introduction)

During the years 1933–1939, the Russian-born and German-educated Marxist political philosopher Alexandre Kojčve (1902–1968) brilliantly explicated—through a series of lectures—the philosophy of Hegel as it was developed in the Phenomenology of Spirit. This collection of lectures—originally compiled by Raymond Queneau and edited for its English-language translation by Allan Bloom—shows the intensity of Kojčve's study and thought and the depth of his insight into Hegel's Phenomenology. More important—for Kojčve was above all a philosopher and not an ideologue—this profound and venturesome work on Hegel will expose the readers to the excitement of discovering a great mind in all its force and power.


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Review: Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit

User Review  - Jacob Stubbs - Goodreads

This book is immensely complex and a very hard read. That being said, Kojeve's brilliance is well-shown throughout this work. I used this for a senior thesis over the Strauss/Kojeve correspondence ... Read full review

Review: Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit

User Review  - Mick Cloverloft - Goodreads

Not sure if I agree with all his interpretations, but worth it nonetheless. He seems to want to reduce Hegel to political axioms. Read full review


In Place of an Introduction
Summary of the First Six Chapters of
Summary of the Course in 19371938
A Note on Eternity Time and the Concept
Interpretation of the Third Part of Chapter VIII
The Dialectic of the Real and

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Alexandre Kojeve (1902-68) was one of the key figures of twentieth-century philosophy. He is most widely known for his lectures on Hegel, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, which shaped a generation of French intellectuals. Other titles in English include Outline of a Phenomenology of Right and The Concept, Time, and Discourse.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-80) is considered to be one of the most important French novelists of the nineteenth century. He's most well known for his novel Madame Bovary, and for his desire to write "a book about nothing," a novel in which all external elements, especially the presence of the author, have been eliminated, leaving nothing but style itself. Often considered a member of the naturalist school, Flaubert despised categorizations of this sort, and in novels like Bouvard and Pecuchet demonstrates the inaptness of this label. In addition to these two novels, he is also the author of A Sentimental Education, Salambo, Three Tales, and The Temptation of Saint Anthony.

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