Marx- Das Kapital, Section II

This section is quite short, containing only three chapters with zero sub-chapters and is also relatively simple to follow. Really a lot of it is setting up the whole idea of labour-power as a commodity that’ll be applied more extensively through the rest of the book. Anyways, it’s quite a simple section for a change.
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Marx- Das Kapital, Section I

I read this quite some time ago, and so the notes might not be exactly the most well-organised. In any case, it is known to be hardest part of the book and it’s difficult not to see why, but most of it feels like it’s talking about concepts that’ll be used later on into the book. It becomes clearer as it goes on from what I’ve seen. Over to you.
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Marx/Engels- The Communist Manifesto

Quick notes only this time, as this is a relatively straightfoward text. Has some great prose but not a lot of super interesting or new points. For me, at least the objections to the bourgeoisie in the second section of the book was relatively interesting. The paginations refer to the version you can find on Marxists.org (here) and the translation used is Samuel Moore’s translation (which was approved by Engels himself).
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Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Lordship and Bondage

You will remember from my last post that I actually said my computer was broken and I would not be uploading any more notes on Hegel but I really thought why not re-read the sections, since this is one of my favourite parts from the book–it is amazingly clear and concrete, and very easy to see its influence in later philosophy. With that in mind, here’s a quick summation of everything that goes down in Hegel’s most famous section of his Phenomenology. All pagination refers to the A.V Miller translation and the secondary source consulted was Peter Kalkavage’s Logic of Desire. 

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Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, The Truth of Self-Certainty

Before I begin this summary, a quick word is that I’ll probably be putting off any other summaries for Hegel for a while, as my computer’s just broken and I’ve lost most of the notes that I had on the original text, minus this one. I already had finished notes on the master-slave and Unhappy Consciousness, but I feel that before I start ‘re-writing’ notes I should wait until my computer comes back from the shop (it’s being sent on Thursday). With that in mind, here’s to you…
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Hegel- Phenomenology of Spirit, Force and Understanding

Now we move onto one of the hardest chapters in Hegel’s book, the Understanding. He opens, as usual, with a quick rundown of what he will discuss in this chapter. There is a new object, which is the first appearance of the Concept (Begriff), however, Understanding fails to grasp its nature, and thinks of the Concept as a mere static object. As we saw in Perception, the difference it posts between the for-itself and the for-another cannot be and it falls within a universal, the ‘unconditioned absolute universality’, which is that of Force. However, ‘consciousness has not yet grasped the Notion of the unconditioned as Notion’ (p. 79) as it still takes it ‘as the essence in the objective sense’ (p. 80).

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Hegel- Phenomenology of Spirit, Perception

I was initially going to upload these notes earlier but I got sort of lazy with them by the end. Anyways, here they are–the second part of Hegel’s Phenomenology that is in some ways more difficult to grasp then that of sense-certainty but at the same time feels rather simple (or at least compared to what is soon to come…). As usual, all page quotations refer to the A.V Miller translation of the Phenomenology and the secondary source consulted is Peter Kalkavage’s Logic of Desire, from whom I take certain interpretations from as well.

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