The Reception of the Sokal Affair in France—”Pomo” Hunting or Intellectual Mccarthyism?: A Propos of Impostures Intellectuelles by A. Sokal and J. Bricmont. Papers by Alan Sokal on the “Social Text Affair”; Sokal-Bricmont book . São Paulo, Jornal de Resenhas, 11 abril ); “Descomposturas intelectuais”, ” Imposturas e fantasias”, by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont (Folha de. Scribd is the world’s largest social reading and publishing site.

Author: Dunos Tojalabar
Country: Mali
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Politics
Published (Last): 1 June 2005
Pages: 196
PDF File Size: 12.74 Mb
ePub File Size: 15.5 Mb
ISBN: 645-5-62288-224-2
Downloads: 19908
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Dozragore

Print Hardcover and Paperback. Event occurs at 3: Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed.

Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition.

Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. Cover of the first edition. The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy. Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont.

London Review of Books.

Alan Sokal Articles on the “Social Text” Affair

The philosopher Thomas Nagel has supported Sokal and Bricmont, describing their book as consisting largely of “extensive quotations of scientific gibberish from name-brand French intellectuals, together with eerily patient explanations of why it is gibberish,” [11] and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity. Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general.

Retrieved from ” https: Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Inteletcuais The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general The Knowable and the Unknowable. Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it. Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself. One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.

This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: Archived from the original on May 12, Intelectuaiis 25 June University of Minnesota Press.

Fashionable Nonsense – Wikipedia

Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly. Some are delighted, some are enraged. Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:.

Rather, they aim to draw attention to the abuse of concepts from mathematics and physics, subjects they’ve devoted their careers to studying and teaching.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. He then writes of his hope that in the future this intrlectuais is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level of the issues involved.

The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context. Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Mara Beller [14] maintained that it was not entirely fair to blame contemporary postmodern philosophers for drawing nonsensical conclusions from ingelectuais physics which they did dosince many such conclusions were drawn by some of the leading quantum physicists themselves, such as Bohr or Heisenberg when they ventured into philosophy.

According to New York Review of Books editor Barbara Epsteinwho was delighted by Sokal’s hoaxwithin the humanities the response to the book was bitterly divided, with some delighted and some enraged; [3] in some reading groupsreaction was polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal. From Archimedes to Gauss. The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ The book gives a chapter to each of the above-mentioned authors, “the tip of the iceberg” of a group of intellectual practices that imposruras be described as “mystification, deliberately obscure language, confused thinking and the misuse of scientific concepts.

In Jacques Derrida ‘s response, “Sokal and Bricmont Aren’t Serious,” first published in Le MondeDerrida writes that the Sokal hoax is rather “sad,” not only because Alan Sokal’s name is now linked primarily to a hoaxnot to sciencebut also because the chance to reflect seriously on this issue has been ruined for a broad public forum that deserves better.