James offers a long and thoughtful comment on Arendt and her relationship to the Frankfurt School, in the course of which he inquires into my antipathy to Hegel. I have written about this before. My antipathy is not the outcome of a deep and sustained engagement with Hegel's writings. It is a visceral dislike, prompted more than anything else by Hegel's tendency to make simple ideas needlessly complicated, as though their value was somehow measured by their obscurity. I, on the other hand, have spent my entire life struggling to make difficult ideas as transparent and comprehensible as possible.
Inasmuch as I have devoted much of my career to a study of the thought of Immanuel Kant and Karl Marx, no one, I trust, will accuse me of a penchant for the superficially elementary! But, as my books show, I strive always to render the deepest ideas of these great thinkers so clearly that my readers or students can contemplate the beauty of those ideas and feel their power immediately. Hegel's work has always seemed to me to be the antithesis of this ideal.
However, this is a matter of taste, and, as the Romans wisely claimed, de gustibus non est disputandum.