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12-21-2012, 03:15 AM
I read Hegel's PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT long ago-- my only Hegel, incidentally-- and am far from an expert on his work.

I recently read a commentary on that book by one Larry Krasnoff, where he made the following comment on Hegel's theme of freedom:

"The subject's fundamental nature is to overturn all external constraints, and then to realize that this is a futile and irrational activity."-- HEGEL'S PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT: AN INTRODUCTION, Larry Krasnoff, p. 65.

I plan to reread at least the relevant sections of the Hegel book before attempting comment in a blog-essay, but feel free to comment as to whether you think Krasnoff is right.