1998 Letters

From: john glassford
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998

Please add my name to your disscusion list. I have just finished my Ph.D on Hegel and I am interested in all things Hegelian.

John Glassford, Edinburgh, Scotland

From: Bill Magdalene

I came upon your Hegel page and was impressed by the immense amount of material you've put together. (I've yet to look at it in detail.) BTW, I was a member of the Workers League (USA) from July 1987 to July 1988 and was therefore interested to see that the WRP played a role in your life.

Recently I read a new book, Hegel's Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit, by Michael Forster. I'm impressed by it. I have a two-part question for you: (1) Have you heard of the book? (2) If yes, may I have your assessment of it? Thanks.

Regards, Bill Magdalene

From: Mone Anathan

I am trying to get a better understaneing of Hegel"s Unhappy Consciousness in his Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion? Can you help?

From: The500Boys
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998
Subject: The Dialectical Biologist

first of all, i would like to compliment you on the comprehensiveness of your site, and say that it is a very valuable source of information and understanding.

i have a second suggestions which you might search out and find rather easily.

the first is the Dialectical Biologist, written by Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins, an evolutionary biologist and an ecologist respectively. the book claims to be an application of dialectics to the study of biology (their understanding of dialectics claims its lineage directly from marx, without direct reference to hegel). it is not a systematic work, but simply a collection of essays on disparate subjects (a social critique of science, another on the evolution of the concept of evolution in the history of thought, etc.) conceivable you could find something useful among these pieces.

second: the marxist journal Science and Soceity recently published a special issue devoted to dialectics, containing a number of useful pieces by such luminaries as Fredric Jameson and Bertell Ollman. the essays are hetergeneous, perhaps even contradictory in their various approaches to dialectics, but nonetheless i believe it just might be worth your while to look at.

From: Susan Levy
Subject: Hegels master-slave dialectic

Dear Andy,

Please can you advise me where to look for material on the above subject???

A friend, (even less useful than me with the internet & computers!) has been looking for a while but given up on the search engines!!!! He doesn't have a PC so I thought I'd be nice & try to find the info for him.

I'd really appreciate your help!

Thanks & Regards

From: Kai Froeb
Subject: Hegel etexts

Hi Andy !

I'm in the process of preparing a hegel site in the internet. I have Hegel's major works digitalized in German and one of the things I want to do is to make them available in HTML form, probably similar to the way you do it here (But I plan to also offer a frame on the left with a javascript outline of the texts).

Being a German living in Munich, I have no access to the English versions of these texts. However, I realize that English is the lingua franca of today, the real esperanto, the language of the internet also. So I need english translations of Hegel texts. Will you allow me to use your translations as a base of an english translation of the Science of Logic and of the Encyclopaedia?

BTW, when you have a look at http://www.hegel.net/links.htm, you will see some more hegel etexts online already.

hegel.net is NOT open to the public at the moment, it is planned to open it to the public on 1/1/1999. If you want, you can also participate in the preparations of hegel.net, there is a mailing-list for that purpose which you can subscribe online at http://www.hegel.net/contact.htm.

As you seem to be a marxist, you may want to know some background of the hegel.net project, especially its relation to Marx and the marxist movements.

While hegel.net is not intended to be anti-marxist, it is also no intended to be pro-marxist. The main purpose is to let first people listen to Hegel from a fresh, new point of view, without bias of any kind, just see what he might be able to offer. So in order to be open enough, I will discourage the view that Marx, Engels, Lenin, Lukas, Adorno etc. have a superior point of view or are helpful for reading Hegel. Instead, my working hypothesis here is that their influence might have preshaped the reading of Hegel and so might have hindered marxists of the past to really grasp Hegel's points.

After gaining such an unbiased understanding, it is of course important according to Hegel's own standards to bring him up to date what means to sublate the theories and facts discovered/emerged with the last 150-200 years into his system. That will also include a sublation of Marx's works. So at a later point, Marx will be interesting.

Kai Froeb, Muenchen

From: Toss
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998
Subject: science


Did Hegel wrote anything about science? And ifso, where can I find it?

Sam (a belgian student).

From: Tony Myers
Subject: The Dialectic

Dear Andy,
I am very impressed with your site on the internet. I only had a few minutes to browse but did manage to read your "Hegel for beginners". I confess having read very little marx and even less hegel, but i do find socialism and existential philosophy very fascinating. I did notice that there is at least one reference to John Paul Sartre, my favorite, but i didn't see his critique of dialectic reason. Have you any knowledge of this text? From what i gather it is not only very difficult to read but very hard to find. (Expensive too!)
I won't bore you with a huge message, but I did add your site to my folder- so i'll be back soon.

yours for a world fit for human beings
Tony Myers

From: Tron Furu
Subject: Inquiry about qualifications for participating in Hegel disc. group

Hi, just found your wonderful site on Hegel, and the 100 texts, and....

My name is Tron Furu, I'm a norwegian, living in Oslo. I'm just an ordinary civilian, interested in some philosophers, like the two pairs of "come first, come second": Hegel/Marx, and Schopenhauer/Nietzsche. Not FOR anything, just interested. I have read (in german) Sch./N. comprehensively, Marx "greatest hits", and Hegel.....well....my eyes followed the printed lines, at least..... The first three are easy reads - Hegel is another matter.
I've looked for ways to get ahead with him, but e.g. the University of Oslo, Philosophy department, does not give any courses on him. So I was very happy to discover this site, and I would love to at least lurk in the discussion group. I would just like to ask wether this group is restricted to people with academic qualifications (of which I have none) - if so, I wouldn't want to intrude. (I took a glance at the participants CV page...).
If you think that participating in the group is not about LEARNING Hegel, but using what you already (should) know, then please advise me as to any other meaningful courses I could choose (like - reading all the previous messages...?).

Vennlig hilsen
Tron Furu

From: Ron Parker

hello andy! your Hegel webpage is great. I am doing a project on hegel for an oac modern western civilization class. we have to pretend we are him and an write a lecture on "do you we live an age of progress?" keeping in mind the relation between the state and the individual, the role of the nation, what to do with the poor people, and how he viewed Prussia as the ideal state. if you have any ideas or helpful comments I would appreciate it a lot. hope to hear from you soon,

Hayleigh Murray

From: Carol O'Brien
Subject: Hard copy of your "The meaning of the Hegel's Logic"

Dear Andy:
I discovered and appreciate your web page and I'm interested in your work.
Just let me know your address to send you a check.

From: Philippe Le Roux
Hi !

Is this a discussion list on Hegel ?
Are there lists of subjects ?

Thanks, Ph. Le Roux;

From: Karen
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998

hi! I just checked out your website-or i think it's your website and Im currently researching on the book Brave New World and i want to use some of you information to quote in my research paper...but in order for me to do that can you do me a favor and give me atleast your name so i can put where i got the source from...Please? Thanx alot! I really need to quote some of the info on Hegel.


Date: Thu, 05 Nov 1998

Good Hegel site, but uneven at the moment. Forgive me for saying you seem a little eclectic in your cuttings. Subscribe to Goethe's dictum that he who wants to be great, must learn to limit himself. Particularly valuable are the Ilyenkov readings. But many of the readings have little substantive to contribute to our understanding of dialectics. I would caution you to aim to be definitive rather than comprehensive. For example, the CLR James, Cyril Smith, Pilling, Uchida, and Dunayevskaya add nothing to the development of dialectics beyond a formalistic reassertion of rather dry old slogans. Whereas Hegel (and Lenin) wanted to animate the bare dead bones of Logic, these writers seem to want to consecrate their burial in old books. Lukacs's pronouncement that Marxism is not the exegesis of holy texts, but rather the application of a critical and practical method is cogent here. If we are genuinely interested in renewing Marxism, we need to go further than an abstract discourse on method. The method can only actually be developed by being applied; this is why Marxist philosophy has hardly advanced an inch since the Bolsheviks. It has either been revised, or ossified into a dogma.


From: Daniel Brailovsky
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998

What a place! I hadn´t seen anything so good in internet. I'm a teacher and I think this page will be very useful for me from now on (www.home.mira.net/, I mean)
It's just that: congratulations! I´m astonished.

Daniel Brailovsky
Buenos Aires, Argentina

From: David Uhler

What can I say. Stunning. Absolutely stunning!

When I backtracked to http://home.mira.net I was sent to www.mira.net and read through the list of clients in order to locate you and your affiliation. No luck.

The volume of material on your site is tremendous and you've done an excellent job assembling the pieces. Is this you own private site, homepage? Or is there a collective of people putting this together? A university? Student project? Anyway, I have greatly increased my understanding by reading a mere fraction of your site.

Once again, congratulations and keep up this most helpful work.

Please let me know just how it is you can fund and produce such a monumental site.


From: Bob Patenaude

Could you please place me on the mailing list for this site.

I am Executive director of the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library for Social Research in Oakland, California. We receive your postings there as well.

Among our other projects we run something called the "Insane Piano Study Group" (reference to Diderot's metaphor, quoted by Lenin). We are studying philosophy to try and create Marxist-Leninist theory.

Several of us are of the opinion that we need to return to Hegel, and dialectics in order to access the new period. This has become quite apparent in our attempts to start with Lenin's "Empirio-Criticism"... Our theortical and philosophical skills here in the U.S. need some work.

Myself, and several other comrades have connected with a group of radicals in the philosophy dept. at San Francisco State University. They too are sympathetic to a systamatic examination of Hegel. They will be assisting our library in a 15 week course this comming winter in dialectics, largely aimed at young people. We have signed up a fairly good number of students from U.C. Berkeley, Ca., as well as our coounity...we are confident.

I greatly appreceiate your site and have urged others to visit it, I visit it often (its a bookmark, of course) I have been reluctant to post because I am (we are) still trying to get a sense of the ongoing discussion...I suspect you will hear from some of us soon.

Thanks again for your site...its great... we appreciate the work,

Comradely regards,
Bob Patenaude

From: dragan

Dear Andy I am research student in history of science and I am trying to collect bibliographical information about the history of paradoxes (including development of the/an idea about paradoxes, paradoxical thinking and dialectics, any kind of connections between paradoxes and logic in history etc.).

I am impressed from your work on this page and wonder if you can suggest me some bibliographical item, book or site about Hegel or his commentators or any other person, with some relevance for my problem. Thank you for your time.
Dragan Jakimovski,

From: Caryn Koplik

I just want to say thanks. I'm a graduate student at Syracuse University (in Central New York), and I'm taking a course called Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche. Your site has been incredibly helpful. Hegel can be so difficult but your glossary and definitions have been immensely useful. I find Hegel fascinating and have enjoyed discovering the vast resources you've made available on-line. I'm mostly a fiction writer with a deep interest in philosophy. Hegel has truly captured my imagination. Since I've been reading him, the Phenom of Spirit and the Phil of Right (mostly), I don't think I've had a conversation during which I wasn't contemplating how relevant his ideas are. Now, in class we are beginning Marx, who seems tremendously fascinating as well. Perhaps, especially for me, as I spent nine years (from Jan 87 to June 96) working on Wall Street in New York City. The investment business is terrifying in it's ability and desire to reduce and destroy. Language first and foremost, the rest of civilization inevitably follows. (I've read too much William Burroughs perhaps).

Anyway, I didn't mean to tie up your time, but I did want to say thank you for all you've done, from a grateful student of the world, you have created a wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing. I will too.

Take care of yourself and those around you. Health and peace,


Subject: Thanks
Dear Sir ;
I would like to thank you that's all .

From: Prague High School

It's a good site!

From: deanya lattimore
Subject: bulging eyes


Your picture of Hegel on the index page looks like how I feel when I've been up all night reading your Hegel site. You've gotten me a couple of times now...

I'm working in rhetorical theory from a Composition perspective--I'm doing a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetorics here at Syracuse--and, from a classicist's point of view (crazy for greek and latin, but not much good at either), I can't understand why dialectic fell out of acceptability. We now try to define rhetoric as epistemic, but to me, that was always the job of dialectic. I'm thinking that noone wants to use the word dialectic (in my field) anymore because of all that this entails philosophically. Many composition scholars have been (and are) Marxists, though, so I don't see the real problem. (I know I'm very naive.)

I'm trying to do background work on "dialectic" now and your site has been INCREDIBLY helpful. I'm wondering if the Hegel book that you offer (your print thesis? dissertation?) would help me further?

I also KNOW that you don't have time to respond to this letter, but on the off-chance that you do, is there a source for bibliography on dialectic that might help me understand how the word/practice became such a negative thing?

Thanks for all of your work. The coffee industry thanks you too.
love, rhetoric, and dialectic--
(whatever those words mean--)

Deanya Lattimore
PhD slave, The Writing Program

From: Gary MacLennan

I thought I would drop you a line and thank you for your site. I am currently struggling through (yet again) Roy Bhaskar's Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom. (Verso, 1993) I am trying to get the Bhaskarian dialectic down in about a thousand words - not easy. Your stuff on Hegel is a big help. I have down loaded the James' pieces. I must say he has an excellent style -hopefully he will help me understand Hegel a little better.

I note by the way that you are in the PLP. My great friend the late Bob Leach was very keen on that party. Sadly since his death there has not been much heard from the PLP in Brisbane.

comradely greeting

Gary MacLennan

From: hakan durmaz
Date: Wed, 16 Sep
I have been using your website as an invaluable resource in my studies. I am a Critical Psychology PhD candidate at Bolton Institute UK. I am mainly working on the transformation of the discourses on human body and intimacy; my special interest is looking at those discourses which are shaped by and shaping late capitalism. I was glad to see Ilyenkov articles in your list and I would highly reccommend to add his "The concepts of abstact and the concrete in Marx's Capital". Thorough analysis of Dialectics in practice.

I would like to subscribe to the discussuin group.

Take care
Hakan Durmaz

From: David Bruce

I have just stumbled on your "Hegel" website. Aside from anything else, it is exciting to find someone who values the work of Ilyenkov, who I feel has been unjustly ignored - unless I'm just out of touch. I'll keep visiting your site. Good Luck and best wishes,

David Bruce, Ryelands Digital, Woodside Cottage, Ryelands, Strathaven, Lanarkshire

From: Lothar Schweder

Dear Andy: In looking for stuff on Hegel, I stumbled across your website which I found remarkably informative and rewarding. It is so rich in content that it will take me quite a while even just to sample what you have to offer. Congratulations! Thank you for the wide range of texts you provide on your site. Obviously I'm not sure yet what to make of your Marxian ("materialist") reading of Hegel. Your labor of love (if I may use that cliche) should be recognized as an outstanding achievement. I would certainly like to thank you for it. ---
Sincerely, Lothar Schweder/ Hutchinson, Kansas/USA

From:John Logan

I'm an ecologist who is developing a paper concerning plant succession and disturbance as a dialectic process. I've been doing a little research on Hegel as background for this paper and stumbled upon your website. I have found it most useful. I found particularly interesting the page entitled "Frederick Engels' Socialism, Utopian and Scientific, Part II - Dialectics".

I am hoping that you might suggest readings in which Hegel's philosophy and dialectics are discussed in terms of or applied to science rather than to history or and socialism. I would appreciate any advice you could give on this approach.

John Logan, Botanist, Arkansas Natural Heirtage Commmission


From: Robert and Margo Dresbach
Subject: Logic of Marx's Capital
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998

Have you read Tony Smith's The Logic of Marx's Capital. I am a participant in a radical social philosophy study group. We are presently working our way through Tony Smith's book. In the event you are not aware of this work, Smith's book is refutation of charges from certain Hegelian quarters that Marx failed to understand Hegel's dialectics and hence was unable to correctly apply Hegel's method in his analysis of the capitalist value form of social production. Among the Hegelian critics of Marx's Capital is Richard Winfield.

Smith takes the position that Marx indeed understood Hegel's dialectical method; that had Marx not used Hegel's methodology Capital would not and could not have been written.

Your comments will be greatly appreciated.

We are a Marxist library in Oakland, California. We have ongoing groups working on "Materialism and Empirio-Criticism". I found your site while searching for info on Reflection Theory...Please send us info...

Bob Patenaude
Executive Director
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library for Social Research

From: Jonathan

Subject: your lovely website

Amazing! please tell us something about yourself and your locus.
I don't know anyone (including myself) who has actually studied Hegel, although there are many Hegel-hackers in a part of my world, a philosophy center where many of your main themes are pondered at length (and sometimes ad nauseum).

I hope that you will get a chance to read Richard Tarnas' extraordinary history (the passion of the western mind) if you have not already. It may not seem to embrace socialism as you might, but it is subtly powerful at undermining the way in which contemporary thought stands on the vulgarest parts of our intellectual evolution.


From: LeTrombone-at-aol.com

I was curious what translation of "The Science of Logic" you used in your site. I also wanted to thank you for the nice picture of Hegel. It is my wall paper.

From: Greg Schofield

I am amazed at what you have done - congratulations!
I will have to come back to this site many times before I can make any sensible statement.
Could you consider putting the whole thing into a .zip file so that it could be downloaded?

I will send other comments later - absolutely fantastic contribution (makes the internet look good)!

Greg Schofield
Darwin Australia schofield-at-taunet.net.au

From: Francisco Díaz

I apologise for the English "torture", I really want to send my best wishes of success from "down under" Argentina.
It is gracefully surprising that, in spite of Fukuyama, ideology persists.
I apologise for my "English", but I want to tell you, from "down under" Argentina, that I appreciate and give my best wishes of success to your page.
Fuck Fukuyama!

Thank you.

From:Kelvy Bird

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998
Thanks for making your site on Hegel! It's been a great resource this AM - helped me get back into a casual reference someone made 10 years ago, and consequently apply it, with much greater insight, to a current condition.

From: "tvweek-lugansk

Dear Mr.Blunden,
Thank you for the very interesting database. I work on Hegelianism in Russia, you can read my small article in JARBUCH fur HEGELFORSCHUNG 3\97.

Sincerely yours Eugen Gnatenko (the idealist...)

From: John Davis
Date: Mon, 04 May 98
Subject: Dialectical Logic

My name is John Davis, and I am currently studying at Macquarie Univeristy, in Sydney, Australia.

I have just reviewed the page on Dialectical Logic (http:\\www.home.mira.net/~andy/essay4a.htm) was very useful for an essay I am currently writing. I would like to receive the specific reference to which this was sourced. I have found it greatly useful in the topic. The statement I have been asked to write about was one by Oscar Wilde which is "The public is wonderfully tolerant. They forgive everything except genius." I have been asked to discuss this with reference to the Romantics.

Having never studied Philosophy before, your page is very useful. From my research so far, the Romantics (mainly looking at Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Schelling) I have found that this statement would be generally incorrect in relation to these philosophers. It is much more likely that they would argue that the 'public' would appreciate genius. Would you generally agree with this?

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

John Davis

From: lsimsek
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 1998

I would like to have Ilyenkov's whole of "Dialectical Logic". is it possible?
Sorry, but I don't have an e-mail address.

Sorry, lsimek, I can't reply without an Email address. Try writing to Index Books, 28 Charlotte St., London W1 [AB]

From: Abilio

Hello Andy.
I'm from Brazil. I study Philosophy, and appreciate very much your page about Hegel. It has helped me very much to begin to really understand Hegel (I hope so).
I'm looking for a Marx book about the philosophy of Democritus and Epicurus. Certainly you know that, and maybe can give me some information about where can I get (in Internet) or bauy it on-line. I've already searched in Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but I didn't find. I'm also looking for Lukacs' Reason and Revolution.
I'm beginning a study about Hegel's dialectic and its possible correspondences with Heidegger's existentialism. It would be nice if you could suggest some bibliography.

Thanks a lot.

From: Negro

Subject: News of Chile.
Felicitaciones por el gran trabajo que haces con tus p+AOE-ginas web.
Desde Chile te enviamos un fraternal abrazo.

Santiago, Chile.

From: Patti
Subject: Hegel - Philosophy of Art and Beauty

I have used your rescources and find them the most helpful tnan any ithers on the web. You have an outstanding job in presenting Hegel to the novice-that being me. I am a returning adult-in my 40's who loves my philosophy course on aesethics. However, I am not real aquanted with the language and find that I struggle with many of the meanings and how they apply to philosophy. For example in reading the lecture that Hegel gave on Phil. of Art and Beauty, I am still trying to figure out what he actually believes about it. Do you have any suggestions? I think the course requires more knowledge than most of us have and the instructor has given us no real direction or idea as to what the terms such as Beauty, Idea, and sensuos appearance -to use a few examples actually means. I gues it's just his style of teaching. Anyway, it's not that I don't want to know, I just am struggling with the language. If anything I find myself more determined than ever to grasp this theory of art and beauty according to Hege. I also am working on understanding Nietzsche, and Heidegger's philosophy of art and beauty as well. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! Patti

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998
From: Christopher R. Dykema

I must say your page is interesting, and not, as many personal pages are, an exercise in narcissism. I've only looked at some of the material, but get the impression that you're a bit along the lines of the Dunayevskaya-ites here in the United States. I always liked them, though was never a member.
Christopher Rhoades Dykema

Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998
From: monte
Subject: greetings

i've just discovered your site...at this point i am still overwhelmed...now i know where i can get the materials i need...marxist and maoist readings can be quite difficult to find...anyway, congratulations, so far, i'm enjoying this...

From:Raimund Schuftner
Hi, I (20,m) reallylike your homepage, it seems that after all i found the good guys in the web.
I'm an Austrian student and try to keep on fighting for emancipation, therefore I'm a member of a communist student group in Vienna,Austria .
I would like to get some advice on how to "study marxism" from you. Struggling with the first 100 pages of the "Kapital" I turned over to Hegel's historical philosophy... How did you do it? Just buy the books and read them? Theres no support for young students trying to learn about marxism at our University, very few marxist lecturers..., maybe youve got some hints for me (where to start, whom to forget about....)
Sorry for my untrained English.


From: Jose Chung

my name is jay and i live in the usa (please ignore my email-name, it is named after a battle the ARVN lost in vietnam with american air support).
i'd really like to complement you on your web page as well as the mountain dew web page. very very good stuff.
i was nieve about politics ect. until i had seen a copy of mao's little red book, especially the section on 'dialectial materialism'. . the term fascinated me and i'm hooked. THANKS TO YOUR WEB SITE i've really learned alot about this to the point (don't laugh) i can explain some parts of it (thanks to your posting of the ABC's of dialectial materialsim by trotsky and novaks book (which i just picked up).
i realize now that most americans really don't understand true marxism. i barely do. but it has given me a new way of looking at society and my job ect. it's really helped me.
i find the concept of a worker being alienated by the output of his labor fascinating stuff.
the only things i don't understand about communism is why former communist nations (like russia) seem to be moving to a capitolist model. and living in america, everything is greed. i don't under -stand how the average person (who's world is judged by how much stuff they can buy) could ever convert to no private property. i know i am missing something here.
anyway. thanks for your work. you have changed my thinking.
btw, is australia socalist?
REGARDS, and thanks!

From: Roberto Sassi
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998
Subject: Oggetto: Congratulations

Congratulations for the great militant work you did on the net, expecially for Hegel's page and the pubblication of Il'enkov's dialectical logic.
Roberto Sassi
Inoltrato da Alberto Sassi/Comune di Bologna

From: Felix Soucy
Date: Thr, 19 Mar 1998

I would like to be part of the group.
- Also, I am presently translating from the French a small brochure on Value, which explains, among other things, why Marx never understood it... The authors refer to Hegel, but I am not familiar with the English Hegelian "language", so I would like to send a copy of my draft to...?(someone interested) that could criticize it.

Thank you,
Felix Soucy

From: Karl Bowland

Thanks for all the work.
Quickly stated, my interest in your pages is "How do I write dialectics, esp. materalistic?"
How do I know which thing has an antithesis and how to figure out what it is?
My training is in Chemistry, Computers and Electronics so you can see the trained drive to the Metaphysical.
However, have written a complaint to UN charging the great enemy with torture. The complaint was the results of analysis of experience over years using a list of torture methods from "Report on Torture."
Before a new complaint of new torture and violations of human rights as retaliatiion for the first complaint, it is necessary to improve my understanding of Dialectics.
In the meanwhile, Free Mumia (Who is now on a hunger strike with other prisoners on Death Row).
Jericho'98 is marching on Washington D.C.
March 27, 1998 (98 of course)
Free all political prisoners.
They are people who's political beliefs have been used as a basis for their being charged with, convicted of, sentenced for or whose conditions of imprisonment have been set for "crimes".

From: stephen blackwell
Subject: possible fault?

Hi there

Just to say the "NB" section of your homepage featuring such things as "principal reading material" and (of interest to me!) "preliminary reading material (easy)" does not link to anything. Is this the intention?

thanks - steven

From: Nancy E. Shaffer
Organization: UNO
Subject: internet teaching

I am a professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska Omaha. I am currently investigating different uses of the internet--email, listservs, on-line conferencing software, hypertext, etc.--as part of university course curricula.
I came across your webpage for Hegel and noted that you were using hypertext to deliver course material to students.
I am interested in hearing from you about how the use of web and internet technology has influenced student learning in your class. Do you feel students learn better since you have been using these technologies, or not? What sorts of problems did you encounter in implementing them?
I am most interested in the use of these technologies to foster critical thinking skills, but any experiences would be helpful to hear.

Nancy E. Shaffer
Department of Philosophy and Religion
University of Nebraska Omaha

From: Matthew
Subject: Any one real AND rational out there?

I took an interest in economics early on in my intellectual life due to dire personal circumstances; I intended to gain a fair framework of reasoning as to how such dire situations arise. Inevitably, Marxism became part of that inquest against those mundane, but invisible, and to my family at the time, disturbing forces.
I would appreciate more information about how I could rejoin a now attenuated search, as I certainly had no outlet of discussoin during my dialectical materialist studies (occuring as it did during the late 80's in the U.S. and without online access).
"Grudrisse", "Das Kapital", "Marx, Early Writtings", and various other smaller works I have studied, but am certainly now rusty about. I look forward to re-igniting those memories primarily through discussion. But right now, I would like to know a bit more by e-mail, if possible. My address is "pilo.lopi-at-mailexcite.com"

P.S. A 'Hegel site', as opposed to a site by any other name, is clever. Dialectical materialism was the search-subject I found the site under as the third listed out of 11,454 'found'. I believe the search engine used was "Yahoo".

Organization: LUC Trade BR

You have a very interesting site, I always use it to learn more about "Filosofia".
Good Bye,
Augusto Chiorato, from Brazil.

From: Timothy J. Winslow

Hello. I am a Senior at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, USA. The college is a small liberal arts college which focuses soley on the Great Books Of Western Civilzation. In the course I my studies I have had the opportunity to read Some of Hegel's works. I have also written my Senior thesis on Hegel and Mysticism. I would be very interested in listening to other people's thoughts on Hegel, as well as possibly contributing some thoughts of my own, which I suspect are quite different from most of those expressed on your web site.
Please let me know what the deal is.

Timothy J. Winslow

From: Carl Mickelsen

I enjoy and appreciate your site - thanks.
I have just posted Hegel's Preface to the Phenomenology to my site. To my knowledge, this exist nowhere else and you are welcome to link to it. It can be found at http://www.ets.uidaho.edu/mickelsen/hegel310.htm.

J. Carl Mickelsen

From: Gerald Duhon

I found your page on H to be one of the most extensive and helpful on the net. Im new at all this and am looking for some conversation. I was wondering as to what you think in regards to Hegels relation to Kirkagaard in regards to the individual and ther ability to trandsend whatever piont the spirt might be in the realization of itself at the time of the indaviduals existance. Hegal might think it impossible whearas kirk. might think it the higst aim . If you or someone you or someone you know could help.

From: Luisa

Andy, I am a student at the UTEP. I am from your generation, born in Chile and with a life in exile that has been a hard survival. I am trying to have an intellectual approach to the events that had determined my biography, but I find it very difficult. If you find the time to look in my home-page, you will understand why. I am trying to read Phenomenology of the Spirit, the class is in English, I can read German, because I know it better, but I have problems wrapping it up in the whole context. Would you take a minute of your time to write me?

I am in www2.utep.edu/~luelberg

From: Lisa Prowse

I would like to know if you had any more information on the master-slave relationship as outlined by Hegel in the book Reason in History that would be useful for a essay that i am doing for Phi 101. If you know of any sites that cover it in depth or any information you could send to me on the subject, it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.


From: George Robinson

Greetings comrade, I found you web page searching the web! Impressive, very impressive! In that vein, I was motivated to ask for your help or advice!

My research interest is in applying dialectics and applied epistemology in domain specific knowledge; in particular: under graduate mathematics, computer science and engineering! Any references/bibliographies or connections to researchers in this area would be highly appreciated! Thanks in advance,

From: David Black and Chris Ford
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998
Chris Ford and I are interested in the ideas of Raya Dunayevskaya and CLR James. There is a good critique of James, who the post- modernists are doing their best to recuperate as a cultural theory. It's very easy to do this if your bypass the central agruments of Notes on Dialectics. No one has done a proper study of NoD, because to do so would be recognise the importance of three-way debate in the Johnson-Forest Tendency of which NOD was a crucial stage, and would raise the "spectre" Derrida goes on about: Marx. Dunayevskaya's central point is that James didn't really get beyond Essence. Her achieve in my view was to do just that discover that Marx's Notion of Capital is its negation as negation; Hegel's Absolute is split into the absolute general law of accumulation. Does that explain where we are at a little bit?
I'd be interested to know if Cliff Slaughter still thinks Materialism and Empiro-Criticism can still stand up next to the Philosophical Notebooks of 1914-15.
I hadn't heard Geoff Pilling had passed away and I'm shocked and sorry to hear about it on your site. He used to teach me economics once.
I've looked at your Home page; you obvious take philosophy very seriously. Is the Militant group you're 'in solidarity' with any groups over here?

Greetings from Blair's Blight.

David Black

PS The Liverpool Docker's Dispute has ended, and depressingly there's bugger all going on to speak of right now; there hasn't even been a decent demo in London since the Dockers last April.

From: David Black and Chris Ford
your site is excellent. tell us more.

David Black and Chris Ford

From: dianne McCatty

Thank you for this site!

My creative director and I were having a discussion and he started quoting Hegel. He is wealth of knowlege! I was inspired so I came home and typed in philosophy ---
Your site came up and I started to read.
I am amazed and delighted.
You put alot into this site. I was wondering what inspired this work of yours.


From: D.Cassidy
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998

I found this site to be invaluable in my Hegel related research for college, without it I'm sure that my assignments would have suffered.
thank you
Damian Cassidy

From: Stuart Stein
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998
Hello Andy

I am writing first to congratulate on an excellent piece of work. In my view it is the best Web philosophy presentation that I have seen. How long did it take you?
I am just completing writing a book on Managing the Net for Education and Research: A Practical Guide for Social Scientists and Others, which will be published in June/July. I will, of course, be including reference to your site in it, as I will in my guides-which are badly in need of updating- on the Web (http://www.uwe.ac.uk/facults/ess/htm/docs/esshmpg.htm).
The only point that I would make about your presentation is that there is much more to it than is indicated or suggested from the opening page. For instance, the section on Political Biographies I only found through the page on Biographical Notes. Also, there is no indication that the Biographical Notes page links to the wide range of texts that you have included. The probability that someone will infer that there is a reference to Vygotsky or Bridgman from the title Hegel by Hypertext is, I fear, small. Also, there is no introduction to the presentation, in the sense of what your objectives are, what you cover, etc. Also, on the opening page there is no reference to the author of these pages, other than through the mail button- mail Andy. You have to go to the About page, and then select Andy at the top to find out information about the author of the pages. I think that it is important to have a link to this on the opening page.
I spent an hour, at least, navigating around the pages to get a picture of what was available, etc. I fear that many clickers will not tarry that long, which is a pity as there is so much there. I hope that you understand that none of the above is meant as a criticism of a really great and dedicated piece of work.
If you want to reply, could you forward a copy to stuart-at-maus.demon.co.uk as our mail system is sometimes suspect.

All the best
Stuart Stein
Faculty of Economics and Social Science,
University of the West of England.

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