The Reception of the Sokal Affair in France—”Pomo” Hunting or Intellectual Mccarthyism?: A Propos of Impostures Intellectuelles by A. Sokal and J. Bricmont. 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. Scribd is the world’s largest social reading and publishing site.
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Lacan to the Letter.
University of Minnesota Press. Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general.
Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? 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.
Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. Two Millennia of Mathematics: Archived from the original on May 12, The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general At Whom Are We Laughing?
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”.
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Event occurs at 3: Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly. From Archimedes to Gauss. 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.
Retrieved 25 June 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. Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public This latter 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
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 ijtelectuais 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 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 ihtelectuais it is illogical, impractical, and dangerous.
One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to. 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.
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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 intelecguais numbers as irrational.
Postmodernism Philosophy of science. Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed. The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy. People have been bitterly divided. Responses from the scientific community were more supportive.
The Knowable and the Unknowable. 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. Rather, they aim to draw attention to the abuse of concepts from mathematics and physics, subjects they’ve devoted their careers to studying and teaching.
Noam Chomsky called the book “very important” and said that “a lot of the so-called ‘left’ criticism [of science] seems to be pure nonsense”.