[lit-ideas] Re: Hegel on Hilton

  • From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 09:22:02 -0700

Amazing. Hegel predicted Paris Hilton. I'm convinced.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Bruce" <bruce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 10:16 AM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Hegel on Hilton

On 18 Oct. 2006, Andreas Ramos wrote:

I don't think that even Hegel could have predicted Paris Hilton ....

Andreas, its time to come back to Germany for your Hegel refresher course! Hegel had Paris's number 200 years ago!

To paraphrase the master (in English yet!):

Parish Hilton's unhappy consciousness and misguided attempt to 'rediscover 

Ms Hilton is a prime example of wealth pursuing its own interest: something tarnished. Her 'being-for-herself' is in fact nothing more than a spontaneous renunciation of her selfhood; the breaking up and tearing asunder of the universal substance - her spirit thus in an attitude of thoroughgoing discordance. Her wealth, which began as the very principle of self-esteem, has become something foreign. Her bourgeois consciousness sees itself in the power of an alien will on which it depends, which may or may not transmit being-for-itself to consciousness. Dependent on the contingent individuality of an other, on the accident of the moment, of an arbitrary choice, or some other utterly indifferent circumstance, Ms Hilton must ultimately see her self-certainty as such to be the most unessential thing, her selfhood to be the absolute lack of selfhood. In this inner strife in which the pure ego sees itself outside itself and torn asunder, everything which has continuity and universality, all that bears the name of law, of good and of right, is dispersed and destroyed - the pure ego itself is absolutely disintegrated. In the place of rebellion appears arrogance. And so Ms Hilton is left standing directly in front of an innermost abyss, a bottomless pit in which all stability and substance has vanished. She sees in this pit nothing but a common thing, a plaything, a chance result of caprice.

In an attempt to "rediscover herself", Paris Hilton imposed a ban on sexual activity for one year. "I'm doing it just because I want to. I feel I'm becoming stronger as a person. Every time I have a boyfriend, I'm just so romantic, and I'll put all my energy into the guy, and I don't really pay attention to myself." Alas, Ms Hilton has recognized the alienation, but misidentified its roots. Perhaps some well-meaning soul will lend her a copy of _Phaenomenologie des Geistes_.

Chris Bruce
Kiel, Germany

P.S. Thanks to Merold Westphal (in _History and Truth in Hegel's Phenomenoölogy_) for help with direction to the relevant sections in Hegel; and to unidentified contributors to wilipedia for some help with background on and quotations from Ms Hilton.

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