“For a brief time Hegel ..had been captive to the illusion that the French Revolution was the restoration of classical Athens in his midst, but by the December 1800 ..he was convinced that the ideal of reconciliation with an apparently alien world could not be achieved by recapturing a lost past” – Holderlin ..through ..the concept of love, pointed out to Hegel the way beyond the Fichtean dilemma of having to choose between theoretical and practical reason, i.e., between domination of the self by the not-self or object and domination of the not-self by the self. Domination, whether theoretical or practical, is incapable of achieving the authentic reconciliation of subject and object possible only through love. Dieter Henrich has persuasively argued that this thought, planted in Hegel by Holderlin, is the germ of Hegel’s own mature standpoint (Henrich, 9-40). Ineffable “love” will in Hegel’s vocabulary shortly become “life,” and will end up as the conceptually intelligible infinite “Spirit”

– Introduction to Hegel’s Letters http://ift.tt/1NaLL4u


“To know that one does not write for the other, that these things I am going to write will never cause me to be loved by the one I love, to know that writing compensates for nothing, sublimates nothing, that it is precisely there where you are not – this is the beginning of writing.” – ROLAND BARTHES ON GETTING OUTSIDE OF ONESELF THROUGH WRITING http://ift.tt/1N6kEb0