Diet Soap Podcast #177: Hegel’s Desire

This week I discuss Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit with my lovely wife Miriam. We take on the section entitled Pleasure and Necessity and discuss how Jan Svankmajer’s film Conspirators of Pleasure seems to enact Hegel’s critique.

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Here’s a quick explanation of Hegel and Self-Conscious desire:

Our self-consciousness, this way of seeing or perceiving, seeks an object as something alien from itself, it seeks to enjoy this object and in enjoying it to understand the distinction between the self-consciousness and its object as something that belongs to self-consciousness. We cease to live for ourselves, but in seeking to enjoy our separation from the world, we lose ourselves to this universal category of separation.

Diet Soap Podcast #173: Lost With Hegel

There is not a guest this week. Instead my son Benjamin and I discuss Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. The section on The Realisation of Rational Self-Consciousness through its Own Activity is seen through the television program Lost.

For those of you who haven’t watched the show, Lost is, per wikipedia “an American television series that was originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from September 22, 2004 to May 23, 2010, consisting of six seasons. Lost is a drama series containing elements of science fiction and the supernatural that follows the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.”

We also discussed the XKCD comic entitled Lego.

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The music you’re listening to right now is Locke’s Theme from the television show Lost. In just a moment you’ll be listening to Benjamin and I discuss Rational Self-Consciousness through our Own Activity. dietsoap173