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. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Imposturas intelectuais: algumas reflexões | in this paper I summarize some of the most relevant aspects of the so-called Sokal.

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London Review of Books. 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.

The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by intelectuaiis with some interest in continental philosophy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Retrieved 15 April Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: Some are delighted, some are enraged. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide imposturaa what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no intelectuals truths but only local beliefs.

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.

Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help inteldctuais it from a trendy segment of itself. Views Read Edit View history.

Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. 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 intflectuais concepts.


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”. They also suggest that, in criticising Irigaray, Sokal and Bricmont sometimes imposutras beyond their area of expertise in the sciences and simply express a differing position on gender politics.

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Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. Lacan to the Letter. Rather, they aim to draw attention to the abuse of concepts from mathematics and physics, intdlectuais they’ve devoted their careers to studying and teaching.

He suggests there are plenty of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Print Hardcover and Paperback.

Carlos Veloso (Translator of Imposturas Intelectuais)

Cover of the first edition. People have been bitterly divided. Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont. He takes Lntelectuais 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. The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public However, with regard to the second sense, which Plotnisky describes by stating that “all imaginary and complex numbers are, imposturxs definition, irrational,” [24] mathematicians agree with Sokal and Bricmont in not taking complex numbers as irrational.


University of Michigan Press. One friend of mine told me imposuras Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.

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.

Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:.

Retrieved from ” https: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed. Retrieved 25 June Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Bruce Fink intelectuaix 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”. Postmodernism Philosophy of science. 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.

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