On Derrida’s Academic Writing Wisdom

Jacques Derrida’s First Rule of Academic Writing is to “Never say in 5 words what you can say in 50.”

Do not say “Time flies.”

Instead, say:

“The subjective experiential mode of phenomenological time-cognition supplies the mechanistic pseudo-illusion of an internally-constituted sense/matrix of perception by which the transitoriness of temporality manifests itself inwardly as an autophenomenological psycho-visioning of rapidity compounded by brevity.”

If you follow this one simple rule, you’ll be sure to make your otherwise simple ideas appear exaltedly complex and delightfully difficult to understand.


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