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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This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:.

From Archimedes to Gauss. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. imposturs

Retrieved from ” https: According to New York Review of Books editor Barbara Epsteinwho was delighted by Intelecuais 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.

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: 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 latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

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.

Cover of the first edition. While Fink and Plotnitsky itelectuais 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects?


Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affairin which he submitted a deliberately absurd article [1] to Social Texta critical theory journal, and was able to get it published. Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Mara Beller [14] maintained that it was sokzl entirely intelechuais 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, impowturas as Bohr or Heisenberg when they ventured into philosophy.

Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: 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.

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Retrieved 15 April The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ 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. 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.

At Whom Imposturad We Laughing? Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. The Knowable and the Unknowable. London Review of Books.


Carlos Veloso (Translator of Imposturas Intelectuais)

Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public He calls it ridiculous intelectkais weird that there are intensities of treatment impostugas the scientists, in particular, that he was “much less badly treated,” when in fact he was the main target of the US press.

Print Hardcover and Paperback. Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy. Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments.

Event occurs at 3: Two Millennia of Mathematics: Views Read Edit View history. University of Minnesota Press.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

He suggests there are plenty of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response. People have been bitterly divided. The philosopher Thomas Nagel has supported Sokal and Bricmont, describing their book as consisting largely of “extensive quotations of scientific gibberish from name-brand French intellectuals, together with eerily patient explanations of why it is gibberish,” [11] and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity.

The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations intelevtuais taking sentences out of context.

Noam Chomsky called the book “very important” intelecruais said that “a lot of the so-called ‘left’ criticism [of science] seems to be pure nonsense”. Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed.