“fear is..fear of something in the world, while anxiety is..indicative of an internal relation. Death, for Heidegger, can never be properly feared…Thus..being towards death is..anxiety.” – death & desire in hegel, heidegger & deleuze – B.Adkins – “[In Hegel’s Phenomenology] each community attempts to introject death within it, or see death as the work of the community. ..Death is not mastered by the community until revealed religion.” – Brent Adkins


“The Phenomenology is..the history of consciousness and the concomitant history of death. ..Consciousness attempts to comprehend death,..finds death alien because the power of death..negates consciousness.” – Death-and-Desire-in-Hegel-Heidegger-and-Deleuze: “Consciousness slowly mitigates the power of natural negation by taking on some of the work of death within itself. The servant takes on the negativity of death in work. The family introjects the negativity of death through burial rites. Only in the Terror does the community see death as its sole work. Death is no longer external, but internal. ..consciousness continually seeks to articulate its object according to its own principles. This attempt at articulation is an attempt by consciousness to be adequate to its object. This process of adequation is consciousness externalising itself, actualising itself, going beyond itself to understand itself as the relation between itself and its object. The object of consciousness continually resists appropriation in this manner, and consciousness is forced to re-evaluate its principles in light of this inadequation. Consciousness thus returns to itself as changed by the object it wished to appropriate. This cycle of externalisation and return progresses throughout the Phenomenology as both consciousness and its object become more complex, and at the same time more similar to one another. In each successive externalisation and return consciousness gets closer to its goal of appropriating its object. This goal is ï¬ nally achieved in absolute knowing when consciousness and its object are identical, that is, when the community of absolute knowing takes itself as its object and the principles by which it understands itself are adequate. In this case consciousness completely empties itself into its object and returns to itself as the self-conscious knowledge of that object.” – Brent Adkins

“In revealed religion..the community does not constitute death as its organising principle. [It] is able to mourn fully, to recognise..death as part of itself. ..There is no..returning to a state of innocence that immediately unites God with the religious community.” – Brent Adkins – ..Death is no longer the absolute master. Death is seen as part of the work and everyday life of the community. ..It understands itself as having fallen from a state of innocence. – B.Adkins

“death is..conquered through death. For the community of revealed religion death is conquered through the death of Christ..in his resurrection and subsequent return to God. ..We have the identity of the community with its knowledge of itself.” – Death-and-Desire-in-Hegel-Heidegger-and-Deleuze: “..Absolute spirit..must..externalise itself,..then return to (or recollect) itself. ..The returning of absolute spirit to itself is the re-collection (Er-innerung) of both nature and the particular shapes of spirit back into itself, or history. ..With this recollection,..the community of absolute knowing is thus goal and ground of all that preceded it in the Phenomenology Of The Spirit.” – B. Adkin

“In revealed religion the death of Christ was..also the death of death. ..The members of that community need no longer fear death, and can truly live, because the death of Christ guaranteed the reconciliation of the community with God.” – Death-and-Desire-in-Hegel-Heidegger-and-Deleuze: “Analogously, what Hegel wants in absolute knowing is a community which is reconciled but that reconciliation takes place now, and that reconciliation is the reconciliation of the community with itself. ..The community is thus organised by reason rather than organised around death. The community is thus able truly to mourn.”Brent Adkins

“God is no longer the abstract, divine being, but the self-conscious spirit of the community. ..Through the death and resurrection of the godman this community now sees itself as free from [death as an organizing principle].” – Death-and-Desire-in-Hegel-Heidegger-and-Deleuze – “Becoming man is the externalisation of God [which] makes a mediated reconciliation [with death as a part of life] possible. This requires that [Jesus as God and as human] return to God … which allows the individual to cast off his sensuous being and become universal. ..This death, however, differs in three respects from the previous encounters with death in [Hegel’s] Phenomenology. ..The community of revealed religion now pictures itself as reconciled to God,..this..entails..a change in God. ..In his resurrection the godman overcomes not only his sensuousness but also his individuality.” – Brent Adkins