syntheticphilosophy: “For there to be Self-Consciousness, Desire must therefore be directed toward…

syntheticphilosophy:

“For there to be Self-Consciousness, Desire must therefore be directed toward a non-natural object, toward something that goes beyond the given reality. Now, the only thing that goes beyond the given reality is Desire itself.
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Human history is the history of desired Desires.”

— Alexandre Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit