Re: [OPE-L] Derrida's ghosts

From: Ian Wright (wrighti@ACM.ORG)
Date: Fri Oct 28 2005 - 13:03:50 EDT

> Perhaps even Anders and Ian W will find something of interest here? Probably not!

Maybe if you can translate it into plain english then I can have an
opinion. Are you sure this isn't another Sokal parody? -- to me it
reads like one.

"Derrida talks about the way in which the anticipated return of the
ghost may be mobilized on
behalf of a deconstruction of all historicisms that are grounded in a
rigid sense of chronology."
-- is it just me, or isn't this just a load of old cobblers?

Before I get accused of philistinism: I understand the need for
technical language and the invention of new concepts. But authors who
genuinely wish to communicate to as many people as possible will try
to clearly define those new concepts. My limited reading of Derrida is
restricted to "Of Grammatology", and I felt there was no attempt to
communicate, only obsfucate.

Why has this postmodern style of writing become popular in some quarters?


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