Alexandre Kojeve’s philosophical evolution: From Hegelianism to naturalism Cover Image

Alexandre’o Kojeve’o filosofinė evoliucija: nuo hėgelizmo į natūralizmą
Alexandre Kojeve’s philosophical evolution: From Hegelianism to naturalism

Author(s): Linas Jokubaitis
Subject(s): Anthropology, 19th Century Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Ontology, Philosophy of History
Published by: Lietuvos kultūros tyrimų
Keywords: human being; animality; freedom; struggle for recognition; anthropology; end of history;

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the fundamental premises of Alexandre Kojeve’s interpretation of Hegel’s philosophy, the source of his views on the genesis of humanity and history. The paper is focused on the French philosopher’s attempt to explain how Homo sapiens becomes a human being. This explanation can only be understood within the framework of his dualistic anthropology, which is reconstructed in the article. Kojeve’s philosophy of history is discussed only in so far as it helps to understand his anthropology. The article reveals the paradoxes of Kojeve’s dualistic anthropology. According to his provocative assertions, at the end of history human beings will return to the state of animality. Kojeve left us with only short fragmentary assertions about the idea of the end of history, however, today he is most widely known for this provocative idea.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 78-90
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Lithuanian