Sunday, May 11, 2008

Eschew obfuscation!

"Brevity is the soul of wit," said the Bard. Apparently this phrase was completely lost on the bulk of postmodern philosophers. The following is from an article by Tom Shipka in Philosophy Now bemoaning this fact:

Him: I love you and I would like to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?

Her: Yes, of course. But let's negotiate a pre-nuptial agreement to protect both of us.

By contrast, a postmodern philosopher's proposal of marriage...

Him: Given that there is a traditional transcendence of social antinomy and polarity in a variety of culturally-sanctioned paradigms of persisting mutuality and reciprocation; and given that a multiplicity of precedents in our interactions predispose one to envision the practicality and workability, and indeed the desirability, of our acquiescing in an appropriate mode of combating social antinomy and polarity, it seems prudent that you and I launch the culturally-sanctioned paradigmatic transcendence of antinomy and polarity such that the overall consequence will be a maximization of multiple utilities and benefits that are beyond the reach of the isolated and not uncommonly forlorn individual.

Her: In respect to the foregoing hypothesized possible future, the proffer is deemed meritorious but only contingently, the contingency being that the implementation be predicated on a mutually satisfactory and culturally-sanctioned agreement assuring that the proposed paradigmatic transcendence is non-hegemonic and liberating.

Ah, l'amour! :-D

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