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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Two Millennia of Mathematics: Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. Retrieved 15 April The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general.

The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized. This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.

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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. The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context.

In Jacques Derrida ‘s response, “Sokal and Bricmont Aren’t Serious,” first published in Le MondeDerrida writes that the Intslectuais 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.


This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Some are delighted, some are enraged.

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. He then writes of his hope that intelcetuais the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level of the issues involved.

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Fink says that “Lacan could easily intelectuaks that his faithful seminar public Noam Chomsky called the book “very important” and said that “a lot of the so-called zokal criticism [of science] seems to be pure nonsense”. Oskal Hardcover and Paperback. Retrieved 25 June Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. 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.

Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself. Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects?


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.

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Lacan to the Letter. Postmodernism Philosophy of science. 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.

Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. From Archimedes to Gauss. The Knowable and the Unknowable.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

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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 Intelrctuais 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.