07 September, 2003

On Writing and Philosophy

I have decided that philosophical essayists are some of the worst writers in the world.

Definitely not in terms of their grammar and syntax (because they are edited to within an inch of their life, I'm sure), or the topics they choose...those are just fine. What I've found that is highly annoying is the style these folks write in.


  1. I have to agree with this, though. The most you should do, when you're going to "talk" about several topics is say something akin to: "There are five primary motivators to murder..." and then go "First,..." "Second...." etc and continue on. This is just normal in speech and writing, but the whole "tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them" style is tedious at best.

  2. Maybe it's just me, but formal writing should be concise. I prefer to read narrative, but if it's something for school or work, I find it best to say: "This is the answer to said problem. Bye now."

  3. i was going to write something typically snide about philosophical essayists writing that way because philosophy majors deserve to be tormented, but i won't.