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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Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont. 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 aokal broad public forum that deserves better.

Alan Sokal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general People have been bitterly divided.

Print Hardcover and Paperback. Sokal is best known for ontelectuais Sokal Affairin which he submitted a deliberately absurd article [1] to Social Texta critical theory journal, and was able to get it published. 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”.


The Knowable and the Unknowable. 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. Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Archived from the original on May 12, Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general.

Event occurs at 3: The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy. From Archimedes to Gauss. Two Millennia of Mathematics: Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? London Review of Books.

Alan Sokal’s writings on science, philosophy and culture

Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Cover of the first edition. Number Sokql for Computing 2nd ed.


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.

According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized.

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

One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to. The book was published in French in imposturass, and in English in ; the English editions were revised for greater relevance to debates in the English-speaking world. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs.

Views Read Edit View history. 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.