Saturday, July 22, 2006

Pseudointellectual history

Hilzoy (among many others) points out an hilarious set of comics. Not hilarious in a "wow that's well-written comedy" way, but in a "you really don't know what you're talking about" way. This leads to an interesting discussion of ways that Kant is misunderstood. For instance, apparently Woodstock is supposed to have been some sort of monument to Kant, because (as hilzoy points out):
we all know how firmly Kant supported wild sex orgies, continual wallowings in mud and feces, and not needing food and water.
Kant, who may have died a virgin, and certainly lived a life of compulsive repetition. Kant, the fan of the municipal brass band.