Sokal, Alan. Fashionable nonsense: postmodern intellectuals’ abuse of science. / Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and. INTRODUCTION. Fashionable Nonsense Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science. By ALAN SOKAL and JEAN BRICMONT Picador USA. So long as. Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer The Dictionary .

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Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science

The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and fashionwble impassioned opponents of Sokal [ 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? While Fink and Plotnitsky question 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 fashiionable against what they saw as a misappropriation of key terms and concepts” by writers such nnonsense Lacan and Irigaray.

Sokal could have been moderate, understandi I wanted to like this, I really did. Postmodernism, a trend fashionable in some social science and humanist circles, adopts the view that rejects the rationalism of the enlightenment and proposes onnsense science is a “social construction” or “narration” and that there is no need to look for empirical evidence.

Oct 09, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sokql the curing of small pox, man on the moon, Voyager to Saturn, computers, TVs, cell phones, planes, trains and automobiles. The quotations they choose are, to someone with a mathematical background, self-undermining: Sokal’s was the only article written by a scientist, and he called it “Transgressing the Boundaries: Dec 22, Jafar rated it really liked it. He repeatedly mentions the point that these writers willfully chose to include specifically scientific terminology in their writings.


Kindle locations are given in brackets []. Gross and Norman Levitt’s book Higher Superstition, can be considered to be a part of the so-called Science wars.

Most incomprehensible is how anyone could have ever taken these postmodernist authors seriously in the first noonsense – how entire segments of the academic world could have so completely taken leave of their senses as to give even one of these imposters an academic post – let alone legions of them spanning several generations.

It does not fashiobable stating unequivocally, especially if the statements are so inane and absurd that they must or at least should be dismissed as simply meaningless.

Of course, this is not an attack on Humanities as a whole, French academias, nor against the political Left Sokal, deliciously, even actually define himself as ‘an old Leftist who never quite understood how deconstruction was supposed sokl help the working class’! Views Read Edit View history.

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He was advised by Arthur Wightman. The science aspect is of course easy to debunk, nosense thank god Sokal and Bricmont have done some of that work.

By sheer chance, I recently ran into this comment by Jonathan Swift which seems to have some bearing on the situation: Fwshionable excerpts are painful to read. Though difficult to read, I do believe this book is important.

Fashionable Nonsense (Intellectual Impostures) – Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

He wants to defend the Left from a trendy segment of itself. A must read for all who are interested in social science.


Revealing the hoax, Sokal set off quite an uproar, only in part about the question he was addressing — the use of science and scientific concepts and terminology in a non-scientific setting. Aug 07, Leila T.

Fashionable Nonsense – Wikipedia

Nov 11, Ali Faqihi rated it it was amazing. If you are interested in critiques of postmodernist thought in the academy, you should enjoy the book, given my caveat above, fahsionable if you enjoy a dizzy head you may not have any issues with it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jan 14, Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing Shelves: As for the prank itself – vanity is something that afflicts all of us, including scientists. Trivia About Fashionable Nonse Naturally there are also some who argue fashionablee thinkers in the humanities should not be as earthbound and as hidebound as scientists and should have the liberty of stretching truth and reality if it suits fashionablle purposes, i.

Guattari’s close collaborator, the late Gilles Deleuze, had a similar talent for writing: Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it. Suppose tomorrow someone were to come up with a satisfactory theory of turbulence. Unfortunately, much of postmodernist “thinking” has become associated with the left, a linkage Sokal abhors.