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Hegel, by way of Marx
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I'm planning a close re-reading of Marx's Capital and the Grundrisse this summer and in preparation for that would like to gain a more rigorous understanding of Hegel. In a seminar I was recently in, we did a close reading of Capital volume 1, using large sections of the Grundrisse as reference points. As useful an exercise as it was to read Capital closely (it was extremely useful), I feel that looking at some of the passages in the Grundrisse where the Hegelian categories are still being used explicitly (as opposed to implicitly later on in Capital) was really useful for deepening my understanding of Marx. However, there were moments when those of us in the class, the professor included, wished we had more time to read Hegel himself, and this is the thought behind reading him in preparation for rereading Marx.

There seems to be a renewed interest in Hegel among other, non-marxist concerned circles as well and I think this is one indication of why now might be a good time to consider his thought again, and more rigorously. In my mind the way to do this would be to work our way through most of, if not all of, the introductions, which would allow us to engage with the whole scope of his project and its linkages. Re:press has just recently published a nice collection of all the introductions, available in pdf through Open Access here: http://www.re-press.org/content/view/60/38/ which I think would make a good one-stop source text. Also, athough I'm more interested in reading the primary texts very closely and less interested in commentaries, I'd love to hear what other people think would be useful as secondary texts, esp. studies that broaden the historical context, etc. 

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Can we still do it on Sunday?
or next week will be better?

Hi everyone, i'm unable to come tomorrow due to a bike accident i had yesterday. it's nothing serious, just a broken wrist, but i've spent too much time in and out of the hospital yesterday and today to be of much use in class. if it wasn't so late i would encourage people to meet without me, but someone was planning on bringing the key and i think it's better just to cancel to avoid anyone making a trip to the school and there not being a class. in any case i would love to not make last week's meeting the final one! i'll propose another time next week through the website. regrets, aaron

Dear all, we had an excellent discussion yesterday revolving around the preface to the Science of Logic, ending up with questions of its relation to contemporary theories of ideology and of social action. A couple: is it better to think in terms of 'ideology' instead of 'idealism' when one reads Hegel? How does one then translate this insight, if it is, back into the text to see what it tells us about the present without making the mistake Adorno described as trying to distinguish "what [is] living and what [is] dead in Hegel?"

The feeling of those present was that we continue with the Science of Logic for the next meeting, with the option of reading the introduction to the Philosophy of Right and getting to it if time permits. Again, I'll repost the link to the text: http://re-press.org/books/reading-hegel-the-introductions/

*please note the change in day and time:* Friday, July 29, 3pm. This is meant to try to get new people to come, out of all who indicated interest or others ;). Prior participation is not necessary!

till soon,
Aaron

So: due to scheduling, several people can't make it today, and I'm thinking it will be better just to meet next week, with the same reading plan as above.

I propose next Sunday, same time: 1pm. If anyone has conflcts, just post here and we can do an online scheduling tool to figure out a better time. If you can make it, an RSVP is appreciated so we can get an idea of who's coming. My apologies for the late cancellation.
Best, Aaron

So: due to scheduling, several people can't make it today, and I'm thinking it will be better just to meet next week, with the same reading plan as above.

I propose next Sunday, same time: 1pm. If anyone has conflcts, just post here and we can do an online scheduling tool to figure out a better time. If you can make it, an RSVP is appreciated so we can get an idea of who's coming. My apologies for the late cancellation.
Best, Aaron

Dear all, I have been travelling and it has just occurred to me that though the class was scheduled for this Sunday July 17th (1pm), we never posted the readings. So here they are, belatedly and with apologies for those who weren't there last time:

For July 17th, we'll start by finishing up Hegel's Phenomenology - reading the short, but dense, 'introduction' (last class we discussed the 'preface,'). Alas the introduction is not included in our re:press text, but is easily available in a facing translation by Terry Pinkard here: http://web.mac.com/titpaul/Site/Phenomenology_of_Spirit_page_files/Intro...

Then, time permitting, we'll move on to the Preface to the Science of Logic. This is of course included in the re:press book we have been using (chapter 2). I'll repost the link: http://re-press.org/books/reading-hegel-the-introductions/

Looking forward to seeing everyone again on Sunday. New attendees are of course welcomed and wanted!

cheers,
Aaron

Would a new attendee be ok? Ive been wanting to read the phenomenology of spirit.

What are you reading for next week?

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hey guys ?

How was last session ?

i started to read Adorno's Negative Dialectic. Less easy than Marx but dealing with Hegel in the same kind of language. I find it a good defense or moderate position toward Hegelian doctrine and having some good insights about what succeed as a post-Kantian philosophy. Then it also gave me answers about a more "contemporary" actualisation of Hegel.

Might be interesting to get a close reading on this one too.

tk

hi everyone, we had an excellent and I think productive meeting last time on the preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit, and we'll continue to talk about that text again next Sunday June 26 - so no new reading! Hope to see you on Sunday,
Aaron

hey, thanks for posting about the Cleaver discussion. I myself will be out of town but it looks great and there might be interest from others in this group. If you feel like updating here about related discussions or actions, please do.

Meanwhile, your perspective would also be valued in this discussion group on Hegel, if you choose to join us.

-Aaron

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