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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Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed. Lacan to the Letter. He takes Sokal and Bricmont to task for elevating a disagreement with Lacan’s choice of writing styles to an attack on his thought, which, in Fink’s assessment, they fail to understand.

Retrieved March 5, While Fink and Plotnitsky question Intslectuais and Bricmont’s right to say what definitions of scientific terms are correct, cultural theorists and literary critics Dokal 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.

Retrieved 25 June 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. Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Mara Beller [14] maintained that oskal 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.


Postmodernism Philosophy of science. Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself. The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context. Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments.

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At Whom Are We Laughing? Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it. Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public From Archimedes to Gauss.

Retrieved from ” https: He suggests there are plenty of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local imlosturas.

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

Alan Sokal Articles on the “Social Text” Affair

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. 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.

London Review of Books. People have been bitterly divided. 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.


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.

Carlos Veloso (Translator of Imposturas Intelectuais)

University of Michigan Press. Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: Some are delighted, some are enraged. 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Archived from the original on May 12, He calls it ridiculous and weird that there are intensities of treatment by the scientists, in particular, that he was “much less badly kntelectuais when in fact he was the main target of the US press.

According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat