From: Bo Daley <bo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 17:15:04 +1100 (EST)
On Fri, 14 Mar 1997, Sean Hill wrote:
> I think so. Hegel thinks that his own history of the world is the
> necessary history of the development of consciousness's awareness of
> itself; that it could not happen otherwise. Foucault rejects this
I'm not so sure that Hegel would agree with this description of his
position - while he certainly views world history as a process of
dialectical unfolding of Geist (absolute spirit, for want of a better
translation), he allows for the possbility of numerous paths towards this
same goal. Different historico-cultural locations will yield different
passages to the Absolute. So it is a sort of strange hybrid of the
necessary and the contingent..
where do you think this leaves Foucault?