The life of God and divine cognition may well be spoken of as a disporting of Love with itself; but this idea sinks into mere edification, and even insipidity, if it lacks the seriousness, the suffering, the patience, and the labor of the negative.
—Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, from the German philosopher’s 1807 work, Phenomenology of Spirit
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not sure how useful this quote is for people who haven't studied Hegel on negation but there is some irony in it being posted on this site as Krista's interviews (and especially her blog editorials) have no apparent signs of an awareness of or role for the "negative" and I would be interested in hearing how this quote came to be here, thanks
Armchair philosophers abound, they have no body of work, and typically have read little of those they criticize. Grace Lee Boggs draws on Hegel to help make sense of Detroit, then and now. This isn't about Hegel (dustbin or not). It's about using the ideas of Hegel to help understand where Detroit has been, and where Detroit might go. Read Hegel. He is most certainly not to be found in the "dust bin" of history. On the topic of "negation", read his Master/Slave dialectic: http://www.marxists.org/refere... . It is the "slave" who achieves "true" consciousness. Detroit is becoming conscious.