Continental Philosophers are Horrible Writers…

The title tells you exactly how I feel. Most continental philosophy seems incoherent to me, just a bunch of psuedo-philosophical gobbledy gook. Jibberish, pure jibberish.

Take for example the following excerpt from Zizek’s The Fragile Absolute:

The Event is the impossible Real of a structure, of its synchronous symbolic order, the engendering violent gesture which brings about the legal Order that renders this very gesture retroactively “illegal,” relegating it to the spectral repressed status of something that can never be fully acknowledged-symbolized-confessed. In short the synchronous structural Order is a kind of defence formation against its grounding Even which can be discerned only in the guise of a mythical spectral narrative. (FA 92)

I rest my case.


Published by cwoznicki

Chris Woznicki is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He works as the regional training associate for the Los Angeles region of Young Life.

2 thoughts on “Continental Philosophers are Horrible Writers…

    1. How is this an ad hominem? I make no claim/argument about the Zizek or Continental philosophy whatsoever, I am pointing out that the continental style is not conducive to effective communication. I do believe that Zizek is a great philosopher.

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