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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Retrieved March 5, One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. 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.

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. He calls it ridiculous and weird that there are intensities of treatment by the scientists, in particular, that he was “much less impoaturas treated,” when in fact he was the main target of the US press. Noam Chomsky called the book “very important” inposturas said that “a lot of the so-called ‘left’ criticism [of science] seems to be pure nonsense”.

Event occurs at 3: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. 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.


According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized. Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:. Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont.

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

Lacan to the Letter. The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ The Knowable and the Unknowable.

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Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved 15 April Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context.

Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Mara 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 intelectuaos some of the leading quantum physicists themselves, such as Bohr or Heisenberg when they ventured into philosophy.


Responses from the scientific community were more supportive.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

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Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed. At Whom Are We Laughing? Retrieved from ” https: This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. Archived from the original on May 12, 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.

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.

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.

Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: Postmodernism Philosophy of science.

Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: People have been bitterly divided.