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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Responses from the scientific community were more supportive.

He then writes of his hope that in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level of the issues involved. One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.

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”. Some are delighted, some are enraged. According to New York Review of Books editor Barbara Epsteinwho was delighted by Sokal’s 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.

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.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with intelectuaie interest in continental philosophy. 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. Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. 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.


According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Intelecutais. Retrieved 25 June The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal imposyuras 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 lntelectuais as “mystification, deliberately obscure language, confused thinking and the misuse of scientific concepts.

Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: Retrieved 15 April He suggests there are plenty inteelectuais scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response.

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: Cover of the first edition.

Postmodernism Philosophy of science. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 5, 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.

Lacan to the Letter.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. University of Minnesota Press.

Two Millennia of Mathematics: Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs.


Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general.

Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont. University of Michigan Press. 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 inteectuais 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.

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.

Imposturas intelectuais – Alan D. Sokal, Jean Bricmont – Google Books

He takes Sokal and Bricmont to task for elevating a disagreement with Lacan’s aokal of writing styles to an attack on his thought, which, in Fink’s assessment, they fail to understand. Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences intelrctuais mathematics incorrectly.

They argue that this view is held by a number of people, including people who the authors label “postmodernists” and the Strong Programme in the sociology of science, and that it is illogical, impractical, and dangerous. Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed.