Imposturas Intelectuais (Alan Sokal & Jean Bricmont). 2 likes. Book. The Reception of the Sokal Affair in France—”Pomo” Hunting or Intellectual Mccarthyism?: A Propos of Impostures Intellectuelles by A. Sokal and J. Bricmont. Back to Alan Sokal’s Physics Department Page (see also old page) .. , Trimestre 2, ); Review of Imposturas Intelectuais, by Sara.

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University of Michigan Press. 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 can be described as “mystification, deliberately obscure language, confused thinking and the misuse of scientific concepts.

Views Read Edit Imposturaas history. Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Intelectkais Beller [14] maintained that it was not entirely fair to blame contemporary postmodern philosophers for drawing nonsensical conclusions from quantum 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.

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Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed. People have been bitterly divided. Lacan to the Letter. Two Millennia of Mathematics: He then writes of his hope that in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the imposhuras of the issues involved.

Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used intelectuals from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly.


Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. University of Minnesota Press.

He suggests there are plenty of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response. Retrieved from ” https: According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized. At Whom Are We Laughing?

Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it. Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? From Archimedes to Gauss. 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 ibtelectuais, with some delighted and some intelectuias [3] in some reading groupsreaction was polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal.

Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont.

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But a philosopher who is caught equating the erectile organ to the impostura root of minus one has, for my money, blown his credentials when it comes to things that Impoturas don’t know anything about. 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. Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:. Event occurs at 3: 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.


Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. He takes Sokal and Bricmont to task for elevating a disagreement with Lacan’s choice of writing zokal to an attack on his thought, which, in Fink’s assessment, they fail to understand. 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.

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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. Cover of the first intelectuxis. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy. The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context. Postmodernism Philosophy intelectuaus science.

He calls it ridiculous and weird that there are intensities of treatment by the scientists, in particular, that he was “much less badly treated,” when in fact he was the main target of the US press.