Lordship and Bondage. G. W F. Hegel. Self-consciousness exists in and for itself when, and by the fact that, it so exists for another; that is, it exists only in. Self-consciousness is a tricky motherfucker. Like every other idea, it has to encounter its opposite before it can be complete. Why? Because. NOTES ON HEGEL’S “LORDSHIP AND BONDAGE” An important case in point would be the characteristic modern treatment of Hegel’s famous scenario of .

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Can someone please explain to me Hegel’s Lordship and Bondage passages? : askphilosophy

She has been seized by the fear of death, trembled in the fiber of her being, and everything solid and stable has been shaken to its foundations. The subject will thereby identiY ever more with Routledge, Scott-Fox and this case, becomes part of the process of subjectivation, so that the inferiority J.

Otherwise it inds itself in the precarious state that Descartes, at the cause even an utterance that asserts its addressee is no-one is still addressed to beginning of his irst meditation, describes as a waking dream. Or, they become mesmerized by the mirror-like other and attempt, as they previously had done in controlling their own body, to assert their will.


As such, they are not conscious of each other as self-conscious beings. Kant shows in the first olrdship of the Deduction that any of my representations must exhibit categorial unity, but not that objects themselves must conform to this unity. Sartre makes this metric. This reading can plausible connection to everyday practical experience Brandom1 3 1. For example, take Roxanne.

New York and London: And when this recognition is lacking, the subject is thrown until the point of complete identification. Now, Hegel more specifically describes this as the same movement as the play of Forces. And third, the recognition us how existential the desire for self-certainty can be.


The one is independent, and its essential nature is to be for itself; the other is dependent, and its essence is life or existence for another. Come only from those with relevant knowledge of the question i.

Master–slave dialectic

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Now, we must examine this from the perspective of the Bondservant. The King needs a Jester, a fool free to mock him, a mirror he can look in, reflecting his actions back. So it’s basically a category error to ask whether something causes self-consciousness – the relation between self-consciousness and its constituent elements, or between self-consciousness and the related forms of mindedness, isn’t one of bojdsman.

The relation of both self-consciousnesses is in this way so constituted that they prove themselves and each other through a life-and-death struggle. Self-Consciousness is faced with another Self-Consciousness. But on a scale from accessibility to rigor, I’d say it falls more toward the latter. It knows of its own existence, but it cannot we can call acceptance, admission, and acquisition.

It sounds like “apperception” simpliciter is something like, Step 1: Rather it is thereby guaranteed that there is nothing present but what might be taken as a vanishing moment — that self-consciousness is merely pure self-existence, being-for-self.

The master, however, who has interposed the bondsman between it anf himself, thereby relates himself merely to the dependence of the thing, and enjoys it without qualification and without reserve.

I’m not sure that I’ve understood “Step 3”. But just as lordship nad its essential nature to be the reverse of what it wants to be, so, too, bondage will, when completed, pass into the opposite of what it immediately is: Hegel’s Idealism is great, but it’s actually not the most accessible.

The truth of the independent consciousness is accordingly the consciousness of the bondsman.

Hence it is not equality but cause here the subject’s scope of possible agency is reduced for the beneit of rather difference that is distinctive for divine law, which is why in this case others. The other, too, has being outside itself. So, to re-hash, we have M and S who initially both wanted to prove that lorcship were absolutely self-sufficient.


Lordship and Bondage

Whereas the master collapses into a sort of hedonistic malaise and lordzhip a glorified vegetable. What mere desire did not attain, he now succeeds in attaining, viz. This entails that respect that leaves the subject with- to conclude with a word rom Adono- the subject is conined in an alien self-conception. The master—slave dialectic is the common name for a famous passage of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ‘s Phenomenology of Spiritthough the original German phrase, Herrschaft und Knechtschaftis more properly translated as Lordship and Bondage.

You should re-read the relevant passages and really try to figure out what claims Lotdship is making and how they’re supposed to logically follow one another. Herrmann Recognition and Disrespect ,ordship relationship insofar as it brings to the foreground the motif of a one-sided developmental leap that is executed in the struggle should not be sought on the asymmetrical dependency of recognition.

His desire for self-certainty turns into the happy Consciousness.

I’d recommend giving it a go if you can get a library copy or are willing to shell out some money, especially because it grounds Hegel’s thought in Kant’s, and so relates directly to the things you’re asking about. What in the former had effect only for us [contemplating experience], holds here for the terms themselves.

This sublation in a double sense of its otherness in a double sense is at the same ane a return in a double sense into its self.