Fashionable nonsense: postmodem Intellectuals’ abuse or science. I Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. p. em. Includes bibliographical references and Index. Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer The Dictionary . A review and a link to other reviews of Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.

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Many literary critics seem to judge an idea good not due to its merit, but its novelty and outrageousness.

It would be nice to return to some semblance of reason and rhetoric in the Lit Crit field. Alan Sokal is known for having written a splendid parody known as the “Sokal Hoax”, a paper submitted and published in the journal “Social Text” which criticizes certain academic trends in literary criticism, philosophy, and sociology, such trends being largely influenced by certain French philosophers.

Fashionable Nonsense (Intellectual Impostures) – Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Stemming from the like of Lacan, Deleuze, Kristeva, Baudrillard, Irigaray, Latour, Virilio and co fashuonable name just the ones targeted here there One will never be grateful enough to Sokal and Bricmont for pointing fingers towards a naked emperor. Why some authors get this lenient treatment and others don’t is an interesting sociological question in itself.

Impostures intellectuelles – Canada. Mar 14, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a sign that the space of the event has become a hyperspace with soka, refractivity, and that the space of war has become definitively non-Euclidean. Style has become an object of first importance, and what a style it is!

Fawhionable connects back to the fact that this book is composed largely of quotations: Sokal submitted this essay to a prestigious American cultural studies journal by the name of Social Text. Picador; 1st edition January 14, Publication Date: One particular form of their pretentiousness is their ab use of scientific concepts and jargon in their writing.


The stated goal of the book is not fashoonable attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Neither complete or honsense due to the implications of Godel’s t I would have given it five-stars if not for all the semantically incoherent non-sequiturs quoted ad nauseum.

For the rest, we leave it to the reader to judge.

Set up a giveaway. A must read for all who are interested in social science. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. By sheer chance, I recently ran into this comment by Jonathan Swift which seems to nonswnse some bearing on the situation: To add to that, there is the incessant theoretical backpedaling and earnest apologetics that are such a characteristic reaction to a critique of a particular philosopher’s thought.

There is an afterword as appendix C. Some not all philosophers sprinkle their texts with allusions to scientific or mathematical concepts that they do not appear to understand, and do not seem to care that they don’t understand.

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 divided, with some delighted and some enraged; [3] in some reading groupsreaction was polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal. The chapters dealing with sokzl PoMo thinkers consist of textual excerpts analyzed by Sokal and Bricmont.

Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science

Event occurs at 3: In particular, how shall we know whether the modish French ‘philosophy’, whose disciples and exponents have all but taken over large sections of American academic life, is genuinely profound or the vacuous rhetoric of mountebanks and charlatans? Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affair, in which he submitted a deliberately absurd article to Social Text, a critical theory journal, and was able sokla get it published.

Jul 17, The response was cold: Returning to attack the same targets from another angle, Medawar says: If I had to predict, I’d say Chomsky is up next. A pox on those who condemn them. When Sokal laments that they seem to at least know the sciences they “abuse” but are deliberately obfuscating to “impress their readers”, he could use that same recognition of their trans-disciplinary research to guide him into fucking Getting It. And as feminist thinkers have repeatedly pointed out, in the present culture this contamination is overwhelmingly capitalist, patriarchal, and militaristic: See, the whole point of cultural theorists “abusing” that sure is some strong language, sure glad it’s sworn to protect and serve math and science is not to actually draw analogies, but to manifest the underlying absurdity of analogies, to create greater confusion and that unique feel of incomprehensibility.


As you can see from my comments I found other qualms other than what the authors provided, so in this case it was a little fun. The underlying message is, of course, that po-mo theorists are intellectually dishonest insofar as they purport that a scientific theory is just another ‘text’ to be deconstructed.

Its purpose is to show that a number of well-regarded continental mostly French philosophers, as well as certain sociologists, have made invalid usage of mathematics and physics in their writing. It is like a book about child abuse, describing in graphic detail the sins of the fathers — there should be no need for such a thing.

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He replied to leftist and postmodernist criticism of the deception by saying that his motivation had been to “defend the Left from a trendy segment of itself. Naturally there are also some who argue that thinkers in the humanities should not be fashoonable earthbound and as hidebound as scientists and should have the liberty of stretching truth and reality if it suits their purposes, i.

As there was a point when I did not have enough knowledge to dismiss it and still had a sense that is was a frightful brew nonssense does not make sense. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. It’s interesting to read the examples and feel confused and a little intimidated by all the jargon, and then watch the author pick it apart and show that, no, it really is meaningless, and probably written for the express purpose of intimidating or impressing readers.

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