chapter  21
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The Wonder of the Pleasure

It is at points like this that one wonders if Hegel's entire philosophical edifice is any more than an arid, rationalist rewriting of the desire for eternity: an absolute freedom bought at the price of a metaphysical nullification of everything that moves. T o pit the fragile reed of wonderment against the massive rationalist edifice of the Hegelian system seems ridiculous if not absurd, especially in relation to the promiscuous sexual encounter; it seems like a rather disastrous example of what philosophers call a 'category mistake'. A n d yet this is what I propose. A n d if this is partly about reclaiming the tradition of carpe diem it is more importantly a wish to consider wonderment itself as a form of meditation or erotic attention which redeems loss.