Category Archives: Hegel


This poem, which appeared in the October 10, 2005 New Yorker, makes me think of Hegel, who’s always going on about absolute being, etc.: Everything Everything— a bumptious, stuck-up word. It should be written in quotes. It pretends to miss nothing, to gather, hold, contain, and have. While all the while it’s just a shred […]

Aufheben Bridges

Betcha didn’t know that John Roebling, father in the father-son team that designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge, was a student of Hegel’s: (from David McCullough’s The Great Bridge p. 42) In Berlin, [John Roebling] had studied architecture, bridge construction, and hydraulics. He also studied philosophy under Hegel, who, according to one biographical memoir, “avowed […]