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. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Imposturas intelectuais: algumas reflexões | in this paper I summarize some of the most relevant aspects of the so-called Sokal.

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Views Read Edit View history. Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself. Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general.

Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the impostiras of Lacan: The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized.

Retrieved 15 April By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly. He calls it ridiculous and weird that there are intensities of treatment by the scientists, imposturqs particular, that he was “much less badly treated,” when in fact he was the main target of the US press. Cover of the first edition. People have been bitterly divided. 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.


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

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Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it. 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.

The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ 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. Retrieved March 5, Two Millennia of Mathematics: Postmodernism Philosophy of science.

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.

Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. According to New York Review of Books editor Barbara Epsteinintwlectuais was delighted by Sokal’s hoaxwithin the humanities the response to the book was bitterly divided, with some delighted and some enraged; [3] in some reading groupsreaction was polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal.


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London Review of Books. Bruce Fink offers a critique in his book Lacan to the Letterwhere he accuses Sokal and Bricmont of demanding that “serious writing” do nothing 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 jntelectuais 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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Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: At Whom Are We Laughing? 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. 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.

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