chapter  2
Praxis and practice in Hegel and Marx
Pages 15

The Hegelian conception of dialectical development in the social and natural worlds stressed negativity, that is the dissolution, by the negation inherent in it, of what is taken as immediate reality in any process. Specific states of affairs were regarded as overcome by their negation and carried forward into higher stages of development. The processes overall represented a greater and greater realization o f something universal or absolute in reality. Hence it was for Hegel an “ uncritical” procedure to presuppose as “valid in their own account” the features of the world which the Kantian analytical method of the Understanding delineates and tabulates.1 Hegel affirms that the pro­ cesses of such a historical dialectic always have a positive result, since the course of the moving principle of transition embodied in the world (and so also in the logic of its presentation as analysis) “contains what it results from, absorbed into itself and made part of itself” .2