Grace Lee Boggs…

By Maxjulian

June 13, 2008

Category: Uncategorized


From Grace Lee Boggs’ Biography:

“Reading and rereading Hegel’s Phenomenology, I began to understand why my philosophy professors at Barnard had been so unsatisfying.  Because their concept of Truth was so static and sterile, they were in love with abstractions.  Hegel, on the other hand, believed that the human spirit or “healthy human reason” is constantly evolving through a  process of overcoming contradictions or inadequacies.  Human beings are constantly struggling to make what they believe to be true, right, and just into a reality in their individual and social lives.  Progress does not take place like a “shot out of  a pistol.”  It requires the “labor, patience and suffering of the negative.”  In everything there is the duality of the positive and the negative.

What is important is not any particular idea but the process of continuing development as the contradictions or limitations inherent in any idea surface and require the leap to a new idea or a new stage of Spirit.  For Hegel, therefore, the abstract truths cherished by traditional philosophy are actually untrue because they represent ideas from the past that is already behind us.”

5 Responses to “Grace Lee Boggs…”

  1. Thanks, free. Oiled up the crankcase once again.

    Bogg’s weaving (“Progress…”), reminds me of the dynamics of other natural systems.

    Reminds me of the new (& improved) testament on graphic representations of the atom. Same old proton/neutron bundle in the center, but the orbiting electrons are replaced by the electron “cloud”. Seems every time a physicist says, “Electron here!” it’s there no longer. Probabilities of location within a “cloud” is the new model.

    Reminds me of the grad. school library. Everyone’s two-cents = a stepping stone toward understanding.

    Most importantly, It reminds me of the fallacy in “the end justifies the means”. There is no end. There is only means, our behaviors with which others judge us, with which we judge ourselves – the stepping stones we take toward the creatures we are becoming.

  2. This is absolutely righteous!

    I concur!

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!


  3. Welcome, Lisa and thank you. Thank you Quaker Jew

  4. This passage is my favorite from “Living for Change”.

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