I wonder if something not similarly ghostly, ghastly, machinic is at work in the tricks played in the scholarly literatures. Thanks to Dov Nelkin for doing these and to Willi Goetschel for calling them “zombies.” That very monstrosity may in fact have something to do deeply with philosophy and the relation between thinking and “life.” Maybe what it is is the blank inflection and empty repetition of a wordless “tic.”
among other things there is often the difference between what works on the page and what works in
the rest of life, how does one test writing/lecturing to see if it is more than a kind of parroting cut&paste ?
might be of interest