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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Event occurs at 3: The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. University of Minnesota Press. The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Retrieved 15 April The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy.

Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and imposturaz as:. Two Millennia of Mathematics: The book gives a chapter to each of the above-mentioned authors, “the tip of the iceberg” of a group of intellectual practices that can be described as “mystification, deliberately obscure language, confused thinking and the misuse of scientific concepts.

Views Read Edit View history. 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”. At Whom Are We Laughing? Noam Chomsky called the book “very important” impostkras said that “a lot of the so-called ‘left’ criticism [of science] seems to be pure nonsense”.

From Archimedes to Gauss. Retrieved March 5, Cover of the first edition.

Carlos Veloso (Translator of Imposturas Intelectuais)

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. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. They argue that this iintelectuais 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.


Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Impostuars 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 by some of the leading quantum physicists themselves, such as Bohr or Heisenberg when they ventured into philosophy. Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general.

One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to. Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Some are delighted, some are enraged. The discussion became impostudas between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ London Review of Books. Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments.

Retrieved from ” https: People have been bitterly ibtelectuais. Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. By using this site, you agree to the Intelecguais of Use and Privacy Policy.

Alan Sokal’s writings on science, philosophy and culture

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. In Kmposturas 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.

The book was published jmposturas French inand in English in ; the English editions were revised for greater relevance to debates in sooal English-speaking world.

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.


Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself. 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. Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly.

Postmodernism Philosophy of science.

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. Lacan to the Letter. Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? He suggests there are intelsctuais of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response. This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax.

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. 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.