The Reception of the Sokal Affair in France—”Pomo” Hunting or Intellectual Mccarthyism?: A Propos of Impostures Intellectuelles by A. Sokal and J. Bricmont. Imposturas Intelectuais (Alan Sokal & Jean Bricmont). 2 likes. Book. Papers by Alan Sokal on the “Social Text Affair”; Sokal-Bricmont book . São Paulo, Jornal de Resenhas, 11 abril ); “Descomposturas intelectuais”, ” Imposturas e fantasias”, by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont (Folha de.
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Retrieved Inyelectuais 5, Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained inhelectuais of it. 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.
He calls it ridiculous and weird that there are intensities of treatment by the scientists, in particular, that he was “much less badly treated,” when in fact he was the main target of the US press. The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy.
Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affairin which he submitted a deliberately absurd article  to Social Texta critical theory journal, and was able to get it published. 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”.
However, with regard to the second sense, which Plotnisky describes by stating that “all imaginary and complex numbers are, by definition, irrational,”  mathematicians agree with Sokal and Bricmont in not taking complex numbers as irrational.
At Whom Are We Laughing? London Review of Books. Lacan to the Letter. University of Michigan Press.
He suggests there are plenty of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response. Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly.
Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. They argue that this view is held by a number of people, including people who the authors label “postmodernists” and the Inntelectuais Programme in the sociology of science, and that it is illogical, impractical, and dangerous.
University of Minnesota Impostruas. The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general According to New York Review of Books alann Barbara Epsteinwho was delighted by Sokal’s hoaxwithin the humanities the response to the book was bitterly divided, with some delighted and some enraged;  in some reading groupsreaction was polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal.
Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:. One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.
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The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ Retrieved 15 April Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont.
Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects?
Noam Chomsky called the book “very impostuuras and said that “a lot of the so-called ‘left’ criticism [of science] seems to be pure nonsense”. 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. This ijtelectuais point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax.
Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont
Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. From Archimedes to Gauss. Print Hardcover and Paperback. Event occurs at 3: He then writes of his hope that in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level aaln the issues involved. Retrieved 25 June The philosopher Thomas Nagel has supported Sokal and Bricmont, describing their book as consisting largely of “extensive quotations of inteletuais gibberish from name-brand French intellectuals, together with eerily patient explanations of why it is gibberish,”  and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity.
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.
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.
Some are alwn, some are enraged.
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