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They provide numerous examples on mathematical concepts. Sylt For the nth time yesterday I thought maybe there was something there after all, so I went back and tried reading some Deleuze. More sense is in these pages than most undergraduate arts degrees.

I wanted to like this, I really did. It becomes even trickier when approaching a specifically nuanced trend or style of philosophy. I personally cast my vote for brunettes. Sokal and Bricmont are saying something more limited and more nuanced.

This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat They’re so focused on imposruras and tolerance that they sometimes ignore the hard facts, twist those facts to suit their agendas, or even go so far as to claim that there is no such thing as objective reality or facts at all.

Sokal and Bricmont main arguments against those French intellectuals are 1 on their Les grandes personnes sont decidement bien bizarres, se dit le petit prince.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

The book has a peculiar format: Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. Number Theory for Computing 2nd sokaal. Sep 10, Lane Wilkinson rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Postmodern theory aimed to establish a place in an academy based on Enlightenment and prior rationalism for irrationality.


Each intelctuais gets to have their own reality. Assessing the usefulness or relevance of philosophy is a seemingly confounding endeavor. Suppose tomorrow someone were to come up with a satisfactory theory of turbulence. Paperbackpages. Even if I didn’t happen to know anything about the mathematics of infinity, I imagine I would be confused if someone started telling me that it can help us understand the human inetlectuais at the very least I would want an acknowledgement that this is an outlandish claim, and that it requires some legwork to get the reader “on board.

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Keely marked it as to-read Shelves: It will reassure you that incoherent sentences mixed shameless displays of false erudition–although extremely humorous–cannot change the fact that reason, evidence, and the truth do matter even if rich, white men believe intelectuaais them too.

One of the authors, Alan Sokal, wrote a paper that mimics these types of scholars as a hoax, published in the postmodernist journal Social Textwhich is included as appendix A, followed by some further inposturas in appendix B. Not only was the paper accepted by the journal, it was featured, and lauded by postmodern intellectuals.

Needless to say, it was quite embarrassing for the journal and its readers when they found out it was a parody. Postmodern medicine that tastes good! Retrieved from ” https: Jul 08, J.

However, as Sokal shows us, the latter is no longer true in all cases. His fake essay was immediately lauded with praise from some of the intellectuals mentioned in it, as well as a number of American academics allan philosophers who were influenced by the prominent postmodern thinkers.


Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it.

Alan Sokal’s writings on science, philosophy and culture

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Once caught, they refused to publish the subsequent paper in which Sokal explained the reason for his prank and how absurd the first article had been. I can easily imagine what the French intellectuals are doing. 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.

Retrieved March 5, In the face of such abysmal intellectual denial, scientific reason can only repeatedly make the claim that there are such things as facts, and that they are observable.

As a scientist, Sokal does not overstep his own areas of expertise, while showing that po-mo academics routinely overstep theirs. He works in statistical mechanics and combinatorics.