Dialectic is Cool

Ralph Dumain found the following in Trip Gabriel's column, "Cool is Back: Not Awesome Cool, but Cool Cool," The New York Times (June 13, 1994), p. B4:

If the philosopher Hegel was right and there really is a  behind‑the‑scenes spirit animating the phenomenal world, it has got some explaining to do.

How to account for the emergence of 67‑year old Tony Bennett as hipness incarnate among the Lollapalooza set?

Dumain also suggests that we examine the ideas of Peter N. Stearns, history professor, in American Cool (New York: NYU Press, 1994), on the rebirth of "The Cool."

SOURCE: "Dialectic is Cool," The Owl of Minerva, vol. 26, no. 1, Fall 1994, p. 100.

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