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[Xmca-l] Re: Hegel's notion of The Notion

I meant https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/hegel/works/hl/hlsubjec.htm down to about 1345

In my Hegel reading group we tend to take about 2 years, reading once a week, to get through one Hegel book. So take your time.

Wolf-Michael, of coursed "expressionism" exists. It is an art movement, and took the form of various literary activities in the domain of art criticism as well as certain related art practices as such. Activities exist.


Andy Blunden
On 12/05/2017 2:07 AM, Alfredo Jornet Gil wrote:
Greg, Andy,
thanks for making Hegel more accessible to all of us not so familiar. Andy, can you add a link to the section you mention, I could not find it following the link Greg provided or the index. Thanks,
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Sent: 11 May 2017 17:48
To: Greg Thompson; xmca-l@ucsd.edu
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Hegel's notion of The Notion

Concepts are first of all things which exist; because they
exist, the mind is capable of grasping them, in fact, they
are exactly the way the mind grasps the world
(etymologically concept = to grasp). The way they exist is
in human activity and the artifacts we use in that activity.
Since you have made a start on this Greg, I have to say that
I think you need this and also the section to follow called
"The Subjective Notion" to get a decent picture.


Andy Blunden

On 12/05/2017 1:40 AM, Greg Thompson wrote:
​Okay Andy, I've started into the Hegel text that you
suggested (I don't think you truly appreciate how slow of
a reader I am! BTW, the text Andy shared can be found
and I came across this notion of The Notion by Hegel in
Section 1279:

"Now although it is true that the Notion is to be
regarded, not merely as a subjective presupposition but as
the /absolute foundation/, yet it can be so only in so far
as it has /made/ itself the foundation. Abstract immediacy
is no doubt a /first/; yet in so far as it is abstract it
is, on the contrary mediated, and therefore if it is to be
grasped in its truth its foundation must first be sought.
Hence this foundation, though indeed an immediate, must
have made itself immediate through the sublation of

This seems core to the kind of realism that Hegel is
building up (a realism of concepts) and, I think, remains
a revolutionary conception today. The idea here seems to
be that the Notion is not a "subjective presupposition"
but is rather much more real than that. But, I guess I'm
wondering HOW can this be?

There are multiple objections, but perhaps the biggest
objection comes from 20th century social science's
preoccupation with social construction. In this tradition,
concepts are things held in the head, subjective and maybe
also intersubjective, but always mediated (and some might
say "derivative"). Hegel seems to be offering a much
different take - one in which concepts are much more
primary. Am I right here?

And, what is this business about the "sublation of
mediation"? (and where does this last bit jibe with CHAT?
Many people in CHAT speak of mediation but I don't recall
anyone speaking of the "sublation of mediation").

Any help with this text would be appreciated.

(and this is closely related to "the stuff of words" but I
still felt that this needed a new thread.).


Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
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