CONVERSATIONS WITH FAWKES

Thu, 02/26/2009 — Fasteriskhead

"No, no. Look, I think you're misunderstanding Hegel's point here. It's not just that we can just suddenly break through these kinds of limitations all willy-nilly. That's not what's going on. The thing is, in the very moment we understand such a limit as a limit we already step beyond it, having also posited what's on the other side. So we've already gone where we thought we couldn't go. Hegel's point isn't that doing this develops something completely new. Instead, you can only understand this sort of overstepping of the boundary if the overstepping being and the boundary overstepped are already spirit."

"Yes, I know that sounds weird. Look, the whole idea of his dialectic is for spirit - which, in a sense, everything already is from the beginning - to realize itself in a complete way. You can't read the Phenomenology unless you take everything in there as spirit slowly realizing itself as absolute science."

"Well, yes, you can in fact also translate it as 'mind.' Can we stick to the point?"

"Uhhh, so far as I can tell, yes, we'd both be part of spirit. Or, better put, we'd be particulars whose truth content is then taken up into universality. Why wouldn't we be?"

"Okay, I see where you're going with this, and you're wrong. Of course meta-humans - or 'super mutants,' if you must call me that - are in the dialectic. We're new moments in the development of spirit. How else do you explain us being so much tougher and stronger than you weak little pink-skins?"

"Uh, good point. I guess the ability to jump and also to hide, uh, at all - they just aren't part of the truth content in humans that, y'know, gets sublated. And you can understand why, really. Jumping is only needed if you don't already have a huge fucking minigun."

"You're not even listening to me anymore, are you?"

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Sun, 06/28/2009 — Bred

Judging from the other comments I apparently did not fully understand what this article is about.

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