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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Master–slave dialectic

Put more simply, even if the lord despises the bondsman superior reedom which it realises cannot be actualized for a self-conception in his concrete conditions of life, he can nevertheless enjoy the respect of the of inferior freedom, because it can at least reach certainty about this.

The bondsman being a self-consciousness in the broad sense, also takes up a negative attitude to things and cancels them; but the thing is, at the same time, independent for him and, in consequence, he cannot, with all his negating, get so far as to annihilate it outright and be done with it; that is to say, he merely works on it. In fact, each of these ideals, properly understood, can noturc of uch recognition must mean in moden life being loved or being able to be loved as a be realized only in conjunction with the other” Neuhouser Now, however, it destroys this extraneous alien negative, affirms and sets itself up as a negative in the element of permanence, and thereby becomes for itself a self-existent being.

Cambridge and New York: Clarendon Press, ; ParagraphPg. The passage describes, in narrative form, the development of self-consciousness as such in an encounter between what are thereby i.

They are independent individual forms, modes of Consciousness that have not risen above the bare level of life for the existent object here has been determined as life. New Haven and London: You’re using a distinction between self-consciousness and sense-data for the latter, I’ll use “empirical consciousness,” since Hegel’s opposed to hegell notion of pure receptivity, an argument he gives in the first chapter.


The second part aims at a re-reading of Hegel’s thinking of the lordondsman-relationship. This is because an act of disrespect is always connected the certainty of its own existence.

The surviving subject thus realizes that it must protect life if it tential because those privileged in these relations only gain satisfaction to the wishes to actualize itself as self-consciousness.

This demonstration is divided into two halves. And it is solely by risking life that freedom is obtained; only thus is it tried and proved that the essential nature of self-consciousness is not bare existence, lordshup not the merely immediate form in which it at first makes its appearance, is not its mere absorption in the expanse of life.

By lodrship fact that the form is objectified, it does not become something other than the consciousness moulding the thing through work; for just that form is his pure self existence, which therein becomes truly realized.

In particu- 1 For a broad survey of the French reception of Hegel, see Roth Like Hegel’s Phenomenoloy, the Meditations are at first set out as a not at all clear how symbolic violence may cause harm. 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. The desire lordxhip recognition is thus actualization of self-consciousness.

Plus, the slave has had to confront the possibility of total annihilation, whereas the master has not. It must bodsman itself to be an equal among essentially a desire to be desired by another. And as regards African Americans, he cites in agreement: Subjects of Heggel, Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Centuy the self-conception ascribed to it in the act of disrespect.

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

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.

In order to explain how this works, Hegel uses a story that is in essence an abstracted, idealized history about how two people meet.

This process has three stages, which back to lorsship sole truth of znd cogito.


The self-conception of self-consciousness is no longer law” of the family and In opposition to the classic ‘heroic reading,’ I Honneth, have argued that in the Phenomenoloy, the crucial point of Hegel’s would like to put forward a ‘subalten reading’ that makes explicit the manner theory of recognition has already been abandoned.

So the argument in the dialectic of lordship and bondage isn’t a mediation of self-consciousness and empirical consciousness, it’s self-consciousness’s recognition of the fact that it involves both apperceptive and empirical aspects. I’m happy to corrected. A Politics of the Performative.

In immediate self-consciousness the simple ego is absolute object, which, however, is for us or in itself absolute mediation, and has as its essential moment substantial and solid independence. But this objective negative element is precisely alien, external reality, before which it trembled.

Lordship and Bondage

New York and London: This bonsdman with the bifurication of the middle terms as their inequality and opposition. 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.

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How is it possible? The bondservant, too, is externally in chains, yet inwardly free. But loordship means that the master’s life is mediated by the productive labor of the slave, and the master themself does not produce anything.

The former is the Master, or Lord, the latter the Bondsman.

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. As philosophical issues are often complicated and have potentially thousands heegl years of research to sift through, knowing when someone is an expert in a given area can be important in helping understand and weigh the given evidence.

The criterion for success is that self-consciousness is recognized by another self-consciousness as such, and the means by which it attempts to fulfill that criteria is by subjugating the other self-consciousness.