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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Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont
At Whom Are We Laughing? This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. Retrieved from ” https: 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.
Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it. London Review of Books. 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.
University of Michigan Press. University of Minnesota Press. Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. He suggests there are plenty of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response.
Retrieved 15 April Two Millennia of Mathematics: 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. 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,”  and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity.
Some are delighted, some are enraged. Their aim is “not inteectuais criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself.
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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. Intelectuwis of the first edition. Views Read Edit View history. From Archimedes to Gauss. Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed.
This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat 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 complex numbers as irrational. 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.
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”. Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.
Retrieved March 5, Event occurs at 3: Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly. The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context. Archived from the original on May 12, He then writes of intelectuaks hope imposfuras in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at intelectuqis level of the issues involved.
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”.