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The grad student's languages dilemma

Posted by Christopher Shea  April 21, 2010 10:38 AM

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More fine content via McLemee:

Sample dialogue:

"I am working on Derrida. All of my reading schedule is already devoted to reading Derrida for the next three years ..."
In German accent: "But if you don't read German, you will never understand Hegel, or Husserl, so you will never understand Heidegger. So you will never understand Derrida."
"I don't read German. I could read '
Sein und Seit' in translation."
"Reading '
Sein und Seit' in translation is not the same."
"Okay, I will get myself a big [redacted] dictionary ..."

From there we descend into remarkably profane but thoroughly understandable grad-student panic and stubbornness. (And, to be fair, pragmatism.) Judging by language, this is profoundly NSFW, but, then again, it's also genius. Click over to Quick Study to watch, so I can maintain plausible deniability on the family-friendliness front.

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