Friday, October 1, 2010

Ironic? It Didn't Seem So...

"Dude, but I totally get everything I ever read by Hegel... Fuck you."

--One undergrad in a crooked baseball cap to another, entering the building on campus.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Drivel is easy to understand: it's drivel.

Paul Gowder said...

He may have never read any Hegel at all. (I read something by Hegel) ---> (I get that thing), and thanks to the false antecedent...

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Spiros, you totally ronc.

Spiros said...

Apologies for the typo.

Glaucon said...

Perhaps some new lyrics need to be written for this summer delight, Cee-Lo Green's "Fuck You."

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you witnessed evidence of what had previously only been suspected - that Continental philosophy is some sort of contagion. He "gets it" from reading it - my God, man, don't you see, he's a carrier now! He must be contained, or, better, yet, eliminated!


Confirmation code: rapsit

English Jerk said...

The Owl of Minerva flies at twilight and will eat the baseball cap right off your head. So that kid better look out.

729 said...

Hold on!

Bracketing the impulse towards ironic interpretation for a moment and whatever issues you have about Hegel's views and style of writing, you're claiming that you witnessed a pair of undergraduates (a) talking about Hegel outside of the classroom, and (b) engaged in something closely resembling one-upmanship regarding their knowledgeableness about Hegel perhaps to the point of what very well could be a more or less jovial "so there" on the topic. This sounds to me as though there are some pretty engaged philosophy students; a credit to your department.

I've witnessed a lot of casual philosophical banter between undergraduates and, sure enough, very often the claims aren't well-formed at all, yet I take it FWIW. The students care about the subject matter and are integrating into their social interactions. I mean, how cool is it that a young baseball cap wearing guy--someone who might appear to be a jock--is into Hegel? Maybe it's just me, but I love that.

Anonymous said...

729, I think you have the order of coolness confused. The real question is how lame is it that these days, even people that read Hegel wear sideways hats?

Anonymous said...

At last Hegel found a soul mate.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna wear a baseball cap the next time I teach Hegel.

Anonymous said...

@4.20: "I'm gonna wear a baseball cap the next time I teach Hegel."

Hey, me too! And I'm never gonna wear a baseball cap.

The Brooks Blog said...

That's more than I could say when an undergrad...and I'm a fan of Hegel.

Word verification: exterop

Anonymous said...

I'm with Glaucon.

*sings* So you say you always get what the dialectic's about/ Well,fuck you and uh fuck Hegel too-oo-oo!