Hegel’s Master/Slave Dialectic In the Phenomenology of Spirit

It just occurred to me, reading this piece, that the Master’s error is that the tool that he uses possesses self-consciousness, whereas the Slave’s tools don’t. That’s their fundamental difference. So the slave is actually extending themselves through their work, whereas the master only assumes they are, but their will is being abruptly modulated through the self-consciousness of the slave. They click their fingers and the food arrives, but they don’t realize that in between their clicking fingers and the field where the food is sown and harvested, their is a node where their will is “reflected”.

This then makes me think the sorcerer’s apprentice as being a fable of the Slave undergoing the trials of the Master (their tools become self-conscious nodes). And Toy Story, with its moral for children to treat their toys well, being an intensely Hegelian ethical film. :D

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