The Master-Servant Dialectic of Hegel

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Explain the master-servant dialectic in G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831). How does this relate to his theory of self-consciousness more generally? Do you agree that human relations are as Hegel describes them in the master-slave dialectic? Why or why not? Explain. In Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), Hegel wrote that ideas are continually in juxtaposition or'dialectic' (dialogue) (Selden, cited by Graves 1998). Opposing ideas that seem different, like that of the concept of the master and the slave are instead revealed to be critically interlinked. Without the notion of the 'master,' after all, there is no 'slave,' and vice versa. The master is dependent upon the existence and consciousness of the slave. Unless the slave recognizes the master, there is no master and unless the slave is recognized as a slave there is no slave. But once, despite this mutual recognition and interdependence, the master recognizes the slave, according to Hegel, the master and slave are linked in struggle to the death. They view one another's existence as in opposition to one another, and yet the notion of slavery and mastery is dependent upon both of their existences. Just like the word 'man' makes no sense without a definition of 'not man' (woman), there is no master without a slave Recognizing the 'other' or the slave is also a moment of self-recognition of one's own status or perceived lack of status. "To summarize very briefly, the slave then works for the master, mediately providing him with
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