Dead Derrida Redux
A reader sent me the following, from the website Scrappleface…damned funny (thanks, KA):
Father of Deconstructionism Dies, If ‘Death’ Means Anything
French President Jacques Chirac announced today that Jacques Derrida, the father of the intellectual movement called deconstructionism, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer, “if indeed ‘death’ can be said to mean anything beyond the biases of culture, language, religion and philosophy.”
“Of course, we can’t assert anything positively about Monsieur Derrida’s recent failure to exist,” said Mr. Chirac, “We can’t even state that he ever did exist, since he may have been a mere metaphysical projection of our own prejudices against absolutes. However, in as much as we may categorically claim anything–Mr. Derrida will not likely be showing up for work tomorrow. Although, who is to say?”
Mr. Derrida’s many books and teachings spawned legions of American college professors whose stock-in-trade is to “deconstruct” literature and philosophy in order to demonstrate that, for example, the so-called classics of Western literature are so distorted by their authors’ cultural prejudices as to render them useful only for literary deconstruction.
“Monsieur Derrida bequeathed a magnificent legacy to the global intellectual community,” said Mr. Chirac. “He has provided us all with the intellectual infrastructure to prevent us from seeking after truth. Thanks to him we know it is fruitless to assert anything with conviction, or to say that any ideology is less true than any other. They are all equally trifling. Their value, if any, lies only in the sport they provide for college professors.”
In lieu of flowers, friends of Mr. Derrida are urged to devote their lives to convincing at least one young person that there is nothing to which it is worth devoting one’s life.”