08 June 2010

Thursday's with Hegel

Starting next Thursday, June 17th, David Brazil, Eli Drabman and myself will begin the slow and arduous process of reading Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit together. If you live in the Bay Area and you're into the Notion of Love disporting with itself, then maybe you'd be interested in joining? We'll meet Thursday evenings at 8 pm through the summer, and we'll probably also read Jean Hyppolite's Genesis and Structure of Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" along with Alexandre Kojeve's An Introduction to the Reading of Hegel. Send me an email for more information: michaelthomascross(at)hotmail(dot)com.

And here's Hegel:

This Substance is, as Subject, pure, simple negativity, and is for this very reason the bifurcation of the simple; it is the doubling which sets up opposition, and then again the negation of this indifferent diversity and of its antithesis [the immediate simplicity]. Only this self-restoring sameness, or this reflection in otherness within itself...is the True.


  1. Sounds fun. I've been booking a reading series up here which asks for poets to write 15 minute talks to begin their readings, one of the july readers will be speaking on 'the wisdom of Hegel's cows'. stoked.

    Any plans to post collective reactions in some degree of rawness?

  2. I love that line: "the night in which all cows are black"! This is also one of my favorites: "The bud disappears in the bursting-forth of the blossom, and one might say that the former is refuted by the latter"! Have you seen Adorno's lecture on the difficulty of Hegel's language? I _do_ hope to post notes, so stay tuned...