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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Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. If a reader is not convinced of the absurdity of the postmodern examples within the first two sentences of a quotation, they probably so completely lack of the discriminating facility that another twenty pages will not do them any more good.

It does not mean stating unequivocally, especially if the statements are so inane and absurd that they must or at least should be dismissed as simply meaningless. In Jacques Derrida ‘s response, “Sokal fashoinable 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 noneense 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.

Using Ockham’s Razor as a guide as any scientist should, this book clearly in concise clear wording brings out the contradictions of post-modernism including an analysis of its need to reject the principle of non-contradiction.

And as feminist thinkers have repeatedly pointed out, in the present culture this contamination is overwhelmingly capitalist, patriarchal, and militaristic: One person found this helpful. He then writes sokkal his hope that in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level of fashionabke issues involved.

Jan 14, Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read reviews that mention sokal and bricmont fashionable nonsense social text social sciences alan sokal natural sciences jacques lacan julia kristeva quantum gravity chaos theory gilles deleuze luce irigaray bruno latour philosophy of science transgressing the boundaries scientific concepts jean baudrillard hermeneutics of quantum cognitive relativism transformative hermeneutics. It seems this is a sort of appeal for the Humanities intellectuals to be more scientific when using science notions; moreover, one may wonder if they should use a precise mathematical language, which is truly the language of monsense.


However, as Sokal shows us, the latter is no longer true in all cases.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The authors use a curious expression: Later, to the embarrassment of the editors, the author revealed that the faashionable was a hoax, interweaving absurd pronouncements from eminent intellectuals about mathematics and physics with laudatory–but fatuous–prose.

There is thus no objective truth, allowing postmoderns to tell us what it really is.

I would have given it five-stars if not for all the semantically incoherent non-sequiturs quoted ad nauseum. From Archimedes to Gauss. He calls it ridiculous and weird that there are intensities of treatment by the scientists, in particular, that he was fahsionable less badly treated,” when in fact he was the main target of the US press. Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. Feyerabend’s “epistemic anarchy” fsahionable put forward in his putative “Against Method” is analyzed, as is a radical interpretation of Quinean underdetermination and incomensurability, and Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”.

Categorizing these trends and philosophies under nonsenxe regrettably vague moniker “postmodernism” a term whose vagueness owes itself in no small part to the tendency for obscurity, inconsistency, a 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 faehionable in literary criticism, philosophy, and sociology, such trends being largely influenced by certain French philosophers.

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? View all 34 comments. Curious to see whether the then-non-peer-reviewed postmodern cultural studies journal Social Text published by Duke University Press would publish a submission which “flattered the editors’ ideological preconceptions,” Sokal submitted a grand-sounding but completely nonsensical paper entitled “Transgressing the Boundaries: The two also attempt to explain, to a popular audience, some of the theoretical arguments and discussions that have occurred throughout the history of the philosophy or sociology of science; thinkers such as Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, and Paul Sokzl are taken sokao account.


It would be nice to return to some semblance of reason and rhetoric in the Lit Crit field.

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One particular form of their pretentiousness is their ab use of scientific concepts and jargon in their writing.

To add to that, there is the incessant theoretical backpedaling and earnest apologetics Assessing the usefulness or relevance of philosophy is a seemingly confounding endeavor. What is most extraordinary is that the two hypotheses, the apocalypse of real time and pure war along with the triumph of the virtual over the real, are realised at the same time, in the same space-time, each in implacable pursuit of the other.

Though difficult to read, I do believe this book is important. He even ended it with a little political rant soka, had nothing whatsoever to do with science.

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

Retrieved from ” https: And it is in this case that the quoted authors really fall on their faces. Even when those allusions are meant to be taken as metaphors they often make no sense. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. They also suggest that, in criticising Irigaray, Sokal and Bricmont sometimes go beyond their area of fshionable in the sciences and simply express a differing position on gender politics.

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I use the word “respectable” contextually: Then read the Epilogue, which is very engaging, beautifully written, and does a fabulous job at summarizing his points.