The Reception of the Sokal Affair in France—”Pomo” Hunting or Intellectual Mccarthyism?: A Propos of Impostures Intellectuelles by A. Sokal and J. Bricmont. Imposturas Intelectuais (Alan Sokal & Jean Bricmont). 2 likes. Book. 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.
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People have been bitterly divided. Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: They argue that this view is held by a number of people, including people who the authors label “postmodernists” and the Strong Programme in the sociology of science, and that it is illogical, impractical, and dangerous.
The book gives a chapter to each of the above-mentioned authors, “the tip of the iceberg” of a group of intellectual practices that can be described as “mystification, deliberately obscure language, confused thinking and the misuse of scientific concepts.
University of Minnesota Press. From Archimedes to Gauss.
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This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: Cover of the first edition. Retrieved from ” https: Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects?
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;  in some reading groupsreaction was polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal.
Retrieved 25 June Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. But a philosopher who is caught equating the erectile organ to the square root of minus one has, for my money, blown his credentials when it comes to things that I don’t know anything about.
Postmodernism Philosophy of science. This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. At Whom Are We Laughing? Retrieved 15 April They also suggest that, in criticising Irigaray, Sokal and Bricmont sometimes go beyond their area of expertise in the sciences and simply express a differing position on gender politics. Views Read Edit View history.
Event occurs at 3: Some are delighted, some are enraged. Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly.
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.
Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs.
The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fink says jntelectuais “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context.
While Fink and Plotnitsky question Sokal and Bricmont’s right to say what definitions of scientific terms are correct, cultural theorists and literary critics Andrew Milner and Jeff Browitt slkal that right, seeing it as “defend[ing] their disciplines against what they saw as a misappropriation of key terms and concepts” by writers such as Lacan and Irigaray.
Retrieved March 5, Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. Print Hardcover and Paperback. Sokal is imposturass known for the Sokal Affairin which he submitted a deliberately absurd article  to Social Texta critical theory journal, and was able to get it published.
Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont
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. Bruce Fink offers a critique in his book Lacan to the Letterwhere he accuses Sokal and Bricmont of demanding that “serious writing” do impostuuras other than “convey clear meanings”.
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,”  and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity. Sikal from the original on May 12, One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.
He then writes of his hope that in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level of the issues involved.