Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer The Dictionary . INTRODUCTION. Fashionable Nonsense Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science. By ALAN SOKAL and JEAN BRICMONT Picador USA. So long as. Fashionable Nonsense. Alan Sokal, Author, Jean Bricmont, Joint Author Picador USA $23 (p) ISBN

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This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat I found myself agreeing with Sokal and Bricmont in almost every case. Another intellectual, whose texts are fashionabe scrutiny, is Paul Virilio.

The blanket relativism that Sokal offers in his parody is an absurdity, and easily recognizable as such. Refresh and try again. Postmodern medicine that tastes good! The quotations are often very long, and are typically longer than the commentary; this may have the highest quotation-to-main-text ratio of any book I’ve ever read. Why some authors get this lenient treatment and others don’t is an interesting sociological question in itself.

The errors are substantial ones, to the point of being fatal: Hopefully the bloated, meandering heads of academia will soon be shamed into doing real work by the efforts of men like Sokal. A must read for all who are interested in social science. I found the first intermezzo chapter dealing with epistemic relativism to soka the most interesting chapter in the fashionale.

Just about every chapter in the book is devoted to a particular PoMo thinker, the exceptions being a couple of fascinating “intermezzo” chapters dealing with epistemic relativism and chaos theory respectively. I mean it felt like I was drowning in it—give me some air please. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. They go on to quote the following remarkable piece of reasoning by Lacan: Looking xokal beautiful books? To give their ideas the impression of being involved and complicated, and impress their peers and readers and satisfy their vanity, they resort to mixing pomposity with nonsense. Point fingers and laugh: Sokal slkal out to reveal how one aspect of postmodernism was fraudulent, and in doing so seemed to invariably reduce that particular style of thinking and writing to what it truly is: The authors use a curious expression: I now believe that if I had asked an even simpler question — such as, What do you mean by mass, or acceleration, which is the scientific equivalent of saying, Can you read?


The authors, by analysis of several postmodernist French philosophers, show how they misuse, misrepresent, and misunderstand basic science. Their sense of humor — admittedly born out of frustration — is also ill-suited to their enterprise and their snide asides do it no service either.

Okay, we have a few differences with them too, especially stylistically Tom Wolfe tried using up all the exclamation marks available to American authors in his novel The Bonfire of the Vanitiesbut Sokal and Bricmont apparently found a load of them somewhere, which they diligently littered through their text. He even ended it with a little political rant that had nothing whatsoever to do with science.

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: Since Medawar’s time, the whispering campaign has raised its voice. Return to Book Page. Oh, how badly the Left needs more books like this, boldly championing scientific objectivity and facts over political or spiritual ideologies that abuse science to gain legitimacy and further their agendas.

Except for on a funky Star Trek episode we can’t see much use for considering the speed of light privileged. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Both scientists by trade, specialists in mathematics and physics, they are in fact coming back on their now famous hoax the so-called ‘Sokal Affair’ to better expose how fallacious such philosophies are.

Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science by Alan Sokal

Fshionable only would this be immediately revealed by even more outraged scientists, but what exactly would be the point? It was so bad I felt gratitude for having come across Sokal.

He wasn’t arguing against the fashionab,e or relevance of the social sciences, rather, he was arguing noonsense pretentious nonsense promulgated as fact under the guise of science.


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.

So the reason people don’t object to these kinds of errors can’t just be a lack of math and physics education. Fashionable Nonsense – US. Christine Ladd Franklin, saying that she was a solipsist, and was surprised that there were not others. In Jacques 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.

Nnonsense if I didn’t happen to know anything about the mathematics of infinity, I imagine I would fawhionable confused if someone started telling me that it can help us understand the human subconscious; at the very least I would want an acknowledgement that this is an outlandish claim, and zokal it requires some legwork to get the reader “on board. They have limited their critique to those books that have ventured to invoke concepts from physics and mathematics. There is an afterword as appendix C.

Sokal followed up by co-authoring the book Impostures Intellectuelles with Jean Bricmont in published in English, a year later, as Fashionable Nonsense. Once caught, they refused to publish the subsequent paper in which Sokal explained the reason for his prank sookal how absurd the first article had been.