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Hegel vs. Glenn Beck

Thanks to David for posting this:

“Since the man of common sense makes his appeal to feeling, to an oracle within his breast, he is finished and done with anyone who does not agree; he only has to explain that he has nothing more to say to anyone who does not find and feel the same in himself. In other words, he tramples underfoot the roots of humanity. For it is the nature of humanity to press onward to agreement with others; human nature only really exists in an achieved community of minds. The anti-human, the merely animal, consists in staying within the sphere of feeling, and being able to communicate only at that level.”

—Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A. V. Miller (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1977), 43.

Too true!


  1. BV wrote:

    why would such critique be limited to Glenn Beck, as suggested by the post title? Granted, GB uses the words “common sense” regularly, but some/most/all of the talking heads bombard their audiences with propositions that are <prima facie reasonable. While I agree that GB is annoying, I don’t understand the seemingly one-sided-ness of your critiques of the right. clarification would be helpful.

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 9:44 am | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    In this case, since I’m lifting this quote from a friend who posted it, I’m just trying to honor my sources.

    Besides, Beck needs the most critique of any of the talking heads out there right now.

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 9:47 am | Permalink
  3. Chris Donato wrote:

    For some reason, this reminds me of a recent reading of John Williamson Nevin’s Antichrist, or the spirit of sect and schism. He lists about 12 marks of the spirit of antichrist, and Hegel’s remarks comport nicely with a few of them.

    I guess I’d broaden BV’s thought further: “Hegel vs. the antichrists.” But that’s boring, I know.

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 10:41 am | Permalink

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