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Hegel's Master-slave Dialectic

  • Aug 11, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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This youtube video is the basis of our discussion.  We will explore Hegel's perspective, consider it our own, try it on for size so to speak and then consider its strength.

Once we have a good understanding of Hegel's perspective we will discuss how it overlays on our world and look for its corollaries today.  This in small groups of 3 - 4 people each so everyone is active.

We will then consider how valid is Hegel's perspective as evidenced by the world around us in our groups then once reassembled.

My hope is this should be enlightening if we each have done our homework.


Steven Easley




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  • Dee

    None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    August 12, 2013

  • Steven

    After some struggle with this thesis and some anti-thesis personally I came away from our discussion with the synthesized view I for one am not a Hegelian.


    I hope you all enjoyed this discussion as much as I did and thank you for your insightful and courteous contributions.

    August 11, 2013

  • Steven

    "'Quantum' means that which is divisible into two or more constituent
    parts of which each is by nature a 'one' and a 'this'. A quantum is
    a plurality if it is numerable, a magnitude if it is a measurable.
    'Plurality' means that which is divisible potentially into non-continuous
    parts, 'magnitude' that which is divisible into continuous parts;
    of magnitude, that which is continuous in one dimension is length;
    in two breadth, in three depth. Of these, limited plurality is number,
    limited length is a line, breadth a surface, depth a solid.

    August 11, 2013

  • Larry L.

    Family obligations have again caused me to skip this gathering for the second time in a row.

    August 11, 2013

    • Steven

      see you next time

      August 11, 2013

  • Steven

    Hello everyone, looks like a great group of philosophers signed up today and the DC Philosophy Café has now hit 700 people.

    I do not take attendance so would ask everyone to practice the honor code and if you cannot make it today change your RSVP to not attending.

    Otherwise hope to see you today for what promises to be a very interesting discussion about and between consciousness's.

    August 11, 2013

  • Steven

    Here is a more detailed explanation of Hegel's Master-Slave Dialectic.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could still attend--I'm a big fan of Hegel--but I have to be out of town this weekend.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't attend this one, but looking forward to meeting everyone at the next meetup.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Steven

    I find this description of society by Hegel fascinating. It would seem this phenomenon exists throughout all societies. Hegel had a high standard a search for a truly free consciousness.
    I think in this discussion we might wonder if these master slave consciousnesses are all around us today. I believe they are. I think when one group feels superior to another they consider themselves the master as political parties are prone to do. When you have an umbilical cord to ATMs and credit cards then you are a slave to those systems.
    This is the age old curse of humanity that masters continually gain power until people raise up and throw up on them again and again, different form, same game. You see this in life when someone stands up to another with great success. This is that.
    I believe this philosophic perspective is worth considering fully. If it reveals nothing more than conversation than that is enough.

    1 · July 25, 2013

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