In paragraph 26 of Miller’s translation of Hegel’s Phenomenology there is this sentence: ‘This simple being in its existential form is the soil [of Science], it is thinking which has its being in Spirit alone.’ Now I cannot find this sentence in any of the German texts online, nor in Pinkard’s online translation, so it appears Miller just made it up. (The online corrections to Miller’s translation start at paragraph 27). Anyone know anything about this?
Yesterday Nancy Davis gave a lecture on understanding capitalism at Manchester university. She offered a conceptual map for understanding capitalism as more than a monetary system: as feeding off care relationships, social reproduction in various forms, the environment and politics, yet denying that it does so. It was a very well balanced overview, especially her insistence that capitalism can be critiqued from the inside and that most things are capable of being both critiques and used by capitalism at the same time, but that there remain ares of life not fully commodified and resistance to commodification.
Guy Wilkinson gave a useful talk on Tuesday at Manchester Cathedral on inter-religious dialogue. In the discussion Andrew Shanks made the observation that only recently in English has ‘faith’ come to have a plural but neither German nor koine Greek have a plural form. Shanks suggested trust/faiths would be the best way to translate the faith/works distinction in Paul.
Richard Biernacki’s book Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry is the most masterful take down I’ve ever seen, in this case, of ‘coding’ texts in sociology. You can read a good review here.
In which order will these dooms occur?
a) Ecological apocalyptic catastrophe;
b) AI takes over, Terminator-style;
c) western liberal democracies become surveillance-fascist states?
Here’s something fairly typical of Nietzsche:
Let us look a century ahead, let us suppose that my attentat on two millennia of anti-nature and the violation of man succeeds. that party of life which takes in hand the greatest of all tasks, the higher breeding of humanity, together with the remorseless destruction of all degenerate and parasitic elements, will again make possible on earth that superfluity of life out of which the dionysian condition must again proceed. I promise a tragic age: the supreme art in the affirmation of life, tragedy, will be reborn when mankind has behind it the consciousness of the harshest but most necessary wars without suffering from it
And here’s something from Darwin:
At some future period, not very distant as measure by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes…will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.
(I’ve taken both of these from Marilynne Robinson’s devastation of social Darwinism in the essay ‘Darwinism’ in The Death of Adam).
And Hegel gets blamed for totalitarianism and fascism? Hegel is the “great totaliser”? Silly.
‘What is alive dies because it is the contradiction of being in itself the universal, the genus, and yet existing concretely and immediately only as individual.’