At the recommendation of our college’s president, Dr. Goldman, I’ve finally started Kojeve’s lectures on Hegel.  After reading The Monstrosity of Christ, and being convinced by Creston Davis’ argument that Hegel is “the most significant thinker in modern and twenty-first century philosophy and theology” (13), I figured it was time to high time to dive into Hegel’s thinking.  Of course, I needed a little help from Kojeve to put Hegel within the broader context of the history of philosophy.

“The man who has not experienced the fear of death does not know that the given natural World is hostile to him, that it tends to kill him, to destroy him, and that it is essentially unsuited to satisfy him really.  This man, therefore, remains fundamentally bound to the given World.  At the most, he will want to ‘reform’ it – that is, to change its details, to make particular transformations without modifying its essential characteristics.  This man will act as a ‘skillful’ reformer, or better, a conformer, but never a true revolutionary” (“In Place of an Introduction, 29).