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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Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it. Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition.

This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat 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. Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects?

Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affairin which he submitted a deliberately absurd article [1] to Social Texta critical theory journal, and was able to get it published. Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public Views Soksl Edit View history.

The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context. Archived from the original on May 12, According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized.

He takes Sokal and Bricmont to task for elevating a disagreement with Lacan’s choice of writing styles to an intelrctuais on his thought, which, in Fink’s assessment, they fail to understand.

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From Archimedes to Gauss. However, with regard to the second sense, which Plotnisky describes by stating that “all imaginary and complex numbers are, by definition, irrational,” [24] mathematicians agree with Sokal and Bricmont in not taking complex numbers as irrational. Some are delighted, some are enraged. University of Michigan Press. One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. Retrieved from ” https: Print Hardcover and Paperback. The Knowable and the Unknowable. Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself. The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy.

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They also suggest that, in criticising Irigaray, Sokal intelectuals Bricmont sometimes go beyond their area of expertise in the sciences and simply express a differing position on gender politics. Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed.

Retrieved March 5, Cover of the first edition. The book was published in French inand in English in ; the English editions were revised for greater relevance to debates in the English-speaking world.

Alan Sokal Articles on the “Social Text” Affair

Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: Postmodernism Philosophy of science. This latter point has been disputed sokla Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax.

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 hoaxzokal to sciencebut also because the chance to reflect seriously on this issue has been ruined for a broad public forum that deserves better.


Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: He calls it ridiculous and weird that there are intensities of treatment by the scientists, in particular, that he was “much less badly treated,” imposturs in fact he was the main target of the US press.

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.

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. Two Millennia of Mathematics: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly.

Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. Retrieved 25 June The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ 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 acknowledge 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.

Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. London Review of Books.