Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hegel Anxiety

I was teaching him today. I have this intuition about Hegel. His anxiety about the fissure in reality Kant detects is expressed in his constant stance of "this is already figured out"--you know he knows how it will go from the opening pages of the Phenomenology.

The idealist move--"I am thinking the gap, so there is no gap, I know the thing in itself"--seems suddenly to me to be an expression of anxiety.

What Lacan says about him, that Hegel was the most sublime of hysterics, makes some sense to me today in a new light.

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