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The Story of the St. Louis Hegelians

(Original story by Kerry Howley)

"In 1856, a Prussian immigrant named Henry Conrad Brokmeyer retreated deep into the Missouri woods with a gun, a dog and a copy of “Science of Logic,” a philosophical text by Georg Hegel. Alone with Hegel’s thoughts over the next two years, Brokmeyer became convinced that this abstruse work by a German 25 years dead could save the nation from the very divisions about to lead it into civil war. It didn’t, of course, and Missouri, a border state, would not escape a gruesome guerrilla war. But a decade later, Brokmeyer and a friend named William Torrey Harris convinced the elite of St. Louis that Hegel’s work was central to the recovery of their country, their city and their own lives. The Civil War, Brokmeyer said, was part of a dialectical process. In what turned out to be one of the oddest episodes in the history of American thought, a group of men known as the St. Louis Hegelians declared that the direction of history led to eastern Missouri..."

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crookedfingers
May. 25th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
retreated deep into the Missouri woods with a gun
interesting-thanks for sharing-peace
anosognosia
May. 25th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
"retreated deep into the Missouri woods with a gun, a dog and a copy of “Science of Logic,”"

Story of my life.
ccord
May. 25th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
There's no further mention of the dog, so we're left to assume that he ate is best friend, and kept the Science of Logic. Personally, I would have went the other way with that.
anosognosia
May. 25th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the Science can only provide you with the internal logic of sustenance, abstracted from its actuality in the concrete provision of nourishment. This is why the Encyclopaedia is the preferred wilderness companion of today's Hegelians.
ccord
May. 25th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
This is why the Encyclopaedia is the preferred wilderness companion of today's Hegelians.

For clubbing deer, indigents, and small bears to death, I assume.
anosognosia
May. 25th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Though of course everyone knows the Hegelian sun sets in Canada, not Missouri.
ccord
May. 25th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Untrue! George Grant has surely led us safely from the twilight shores of history, and into the grace-full light of the gnostic alien-god. Our deity is way cooler than Missouri's; It's all alienated and stuff.
anosognosia
May. 25th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
It was way cooler, until we accepted American nuclear arms. As gnostic alien-gods are allergic to radiation, ours fled to the outer darkness. This is how, as Taylor has shown, the 60s turned us all into a bunch of hippies.
ccord
May. 25th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
No, no. Gnostic alien-gods are allergic to emanation ('cause, you know, that last round of emanations didn't work out so well). They're totally cool with the flesh purifying effects of radiation. And Taylor's a big quitter; if he'd only run for the House eight or nine more times, he would have been a shoe-in for office.
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