Graham Harman has responded to my previous post. Hurrah! I exist in the realms of internet textual exchanges.
He considers the use of 'we' in academic writing, rather than 'I'. This reminded me, in reference to my anecdote about how my Honours supervisor instilled a horror of the 'I' in me, that said supervisor was even more withering about the use of 'we'. I think he evoked some sort of pseudo-ethical tone when he did this: who is this 'we'? What gives you the right to say 'we'?
It possibly needs to be delivered in the very particular tone of my supervisor, for full effect.