Scruton on Derrida

In his 1994 essay “Upon Nothing” Roger Scruton addresses Deconstruction. He takes Derrida apart, saying:

Deconstructive writing has a peculiar surface, in which technicalities float on the syntactic flood and vanish unexplained downstream…
The main subject matter of that sentence is itself: the words whirl around each other, and are eventually swept away without settling into a meaning. The Derridean style refrains from stating anything. It quickly withdraws from any proposition that it sets before us, and spirals off into questions — questions which are themselves so factitious and self-referential as to deny a foothold to the sceptical outsider….
Derrida’s style abounds in childish wordplay, in invented words and deformations of syntax, in a wild and seemingly pointless erudition. It is a delirious style…

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