One could argue that philosophy has become increasingly obscurantist over the years in proportion to the advance of scientific empiricism. As we're learned more and more about reality, there has been less and less for the would-be philosopher to claim as their own territory. Thus a retreat into verbosity and intentional obscurantism ensures at least a few publications which, as most philosophers are academics these days, helps maintain an undemanding career in some dusty backwater. As for the French, they've always indulged "intellectuals" like Lacan, Derrida, and Barthes in much the same way the English indulge harmless eccentric geriatrics and the way a great many US citizens indulge much less harmless infantile mindless orange morons.

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