• Title: Intellectual Impostures
  • Author: Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont
  • ISBN: 9781847657824
  • Page: 333
  • Format: ebook
  • Intellectual Impostures When Intellectual Impostures was published in France it sent shock waves through the Left Bank establishment When it was published in Britain it provoked impassioned debate Sokal and Bricmont examin
    When Intellectual Impostures was published in France, it sent shock waves through the Left Bank establishment When it was published in Britain, it provoked impassioned debate Sokal and Bricmont examine the canon of French postmodernists Lacan, Kristeva, Baudrillard, Irigaray, Latour, Virilio, Deleuze and Guattari and systematically expose their abuse of science ThisWhen Intellectual Impostures was published in France, it sent shock waves through the Left Bank establishment When it was published in Britain, it provoked impassioned debate Sokal and Bricmont examine the canon of French postmodernists Lacan, Kristeva, Baudrillard, Irigaray, Latour, Virilio, Deleuze and Guattari and systematically expose their abuse of science This edition contains a new preface analysing the reactions to the book and answering some of the attacks.

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    1. Impostures Intellectuelles = ‎Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science, c2003‬, Alan Sokal, Jean BricmontFashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science (French: Impostures Intellectuelles), published in the UK as Intellectual Impostures, is a book by physicists Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affair, in which he submitted a deliberately absurd article to Social Text, a critical theory journal, and was able to get it pu [...]

    2. Assessing the usefulness or relevance of philosophy is a seemingly confounding endeavor. It becomes even trickier when approaching a specifically nuanced trend or style of philosophy. Since endless question-begging thought cycles are the genesis of any given philosophy, there is understandable difficulty in posing additional ones that might trump the foundation of that given philosopher's logic or reasoning. To add to that, there is the incessant theoretical backpedaling and earnest apologetics [...]

    3. Why is it that whenever a theory of social science is found to be flawed, and loses the respect of the scientific community, it manages to find new success as a branch of literary criticism? Freud's theories are by this point laughable, and yet they persist as viable modes of literary analysis. Marx's tautological economic theories have gone the same way. If I had to predict, I'd say Chomsky is up next.There is a point at which ahistoricism and structuralism are willing to accept any method, any [...]

    4. In 1996, Alan Sokal submitted an article to Social Text entitled "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity." If that title means little to you, that's OK because the article was, in fact, nonsense. It was part of an elaborate hoax and parody that Sokal was perpetrating on those who subscribe to "epistemic relativism," i.e the belief that modern science is nothing more than myth, a "social construction." This philosophy is particularly endemic to moder [...]

    5. As I've only taken a few semesters of the 'hard sciences' at the university level, I have very little to add to this discussion on the use of science in philosophy. Although I enjoyed the ribbing of academic obscurantism, my impression of the original 'Sokal Affair', where he submitted a gibberish article to an academic journal, seems to be based on a case of sloppy peer-review, which is an ongoing issue. nature/news/faked-peer

    6. This is a book that serves its modest purpose reasonably well, but after finishing it, I was left mostly wondering whether it was a purpose that needed to be served.First, a note on context -- this book was co-authored by Alan Sokal, the perpetrator of the (in)famous Sokal Hoax. I won't describe or weigh in on the hoax here, since there has been a lot said about it elsewhere (this article by Michael Bérubé is a good even-handed retrospective), and also because this book is a much less inherent [...]

    7. "We can clearly see that there is no bi-univocal correspondence between linear signifying links or archi-writing, depending on the author, and this multireferential, multi-dimensional machinic catalysis. The symmetry of scale, the transversality, the pathic non-discursive character of their expansion: all these dimensions remove us from the logic of the excluded middle and reinforce us in our dismissal of the ontological binarism we criticised previously"This quote, from psychoanalyst Félix Gua [...]

    8. If you've ever had to read the postmodernist writings of Focault, Derrida, Lacan, or any of their innumerable disciples and come away with only the vaguest idea as to their meaning, you might want to read this book. But if like me, you regularly have to encounter postmodernism in the flesh and just don't get it, this is a must-read. It will reassure you that incoherent sentences mixed shameless displays of (false) erudition--although extremely humorous--cannot change the fact that reason, eviden [...]

    9. I think it's crucial that respectable academics stop purveying semantically vacuous nonsense that egregiously expropriates terms that have precise scientific meanings, with demonstrably no understanding whatever of those meanings, for the purpose of furthering an atmosphere of moral equivalency for sense and nonsense. (I use the word "respectable" contextually: the perpetrators of this furtherance of discursive entropy are respected by many of the academics within their own fields.)

    10. This book started off as a prank when Sokal sent an article to Social Text which was full of nonsense, but used pomo's vague and pompous style and confirmed some of their social/political beliefs. The editors, excited that a physicist has converted to their side, promptly published the article. Once caught, they refused to publish the subsequent paper in which Sokal explained the reason for his prank and how absurd the first article had been. Richard Dawkins said it best in one of his essays in [...]

    11. I wanted to like this, I really did. It was completely relevant to my interests. I'm sick of the contempt for the sciences communicated by the humanities even after their post-60s dialogue with scientific language. I think that actually understanding the concepts one uses to break down the convention of analogy is interesting. I don't think that the doubts and complexities of actual science are fundamentally responsible for political and social damage. Sokal could have been moderate, understandi [...]

    12. This book shows up some of the postmodernists and poststructuralists misuse and abuse of mathematics and science (especially physics). One of the authors, Alan Sokal, wrote a paper that mimics these types of scholars as a hoax, published in the postmodernist journal Social Text, which is included as appendix A, followed by some further comments in appendix B. The scholars, all I believe are tenured professors, hence why I am calling them scholars, are Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray [...]

    13. Thanks to this book I came to realize why I didn't understand so many things of the continental philosophy classes at the university: we were simply taught either bullshit or deepities. It's a shame our money is spent so foolishly to support the production of postmodern and obscurantist crap.

    14. One will never be grateful enough to Sokal and Bricmont for pointing fingers towards a naked emperor. Being French, I know far too well how postmodernism/poststructuralism/social constructivism (or whatever other stupid name a certain intelligentsia wants to call itself) damaged a whole field of academics and, as such, modern intellectual life and debate. Stemming from the like of Lacan, Deleuze, Kristeva, Baudrillard, Irigaray, Latour, Virilio and co (to name just the ones targeted here) there [...]

    15. I give Fashionable Nonsense five stars because for all its shortcomings, it achieves exactly what Alan Sokal & Jean Bricmont set out to do. This book is a few things: a love letter to science, a critique of bad academic writing, a plea for clarity and reason in the political left. But to understand what this book is, you also have to understand what it is not. Contrary to popular belief, this is not an attack on postmodernism and the humanities at large by arrogant scientists who simply don' [...]

    16. Alan Sokal is known for having written a splendid parody known as the "Sokal Hoax", a paper submitted and published in the journal "Social Text" which criticizes certain academic trends in literary criticism, philosophy, and sociology, such trends being largely influenced by certain French philosophers. Categorizing these trends and philosophies under the regrettably vague moniker "postmodernism" (a term whose vagueness owes itself in no small part to the tendency for obscurity, inconsistency, a [...]

    17. Postmodern medicine that tastes good!This book will keep you laughing for hours. It’s about The Sokal Hoax, a phony article made up of esoteric scientific jargon applied to social issues through convolutions of logic and obfuscated language. Sokal then infiltrated postmodernist turf when he got his paper published in one of their premier journals, “Social Text: A daring and controversial leader in the field of cultural studies.” The paper was an instant smash throughout postmodern circles, [...]

    18. I would have given it five-stars if not for all the semantically incoherent non-sequiturs quoted ad nauseum. But that's just me being post-postmodernism in seminal abrasiveness of the complacence of fashionable academia and all its derivatives (e.g. math, physics, chemistry; i.e. anything non contained within the set of non-humanities or social sciences i.e. set of non-humanities conjoined with the set of non-social-sciences). Neither complete or consistent due to the implications of Godel's t [...]

    19. If you ever find yourself thinking the postmodern French philosophers actually have a point. This is the book you need to read. It is simply undeniable proof that postmodern thinking is word-games, not actual theories. More sense is in these pages than most undergraduate arts degrees.

    20. خواندنش را برای تمام متفکران و متفکرنمایان به ویژه در وادی ادبیات چپ واجب اعلام می‌کنم.

    21. «چرندیاتِ پست‌مدرن»؛ یک سرکاریِ درست و حسابی.داستانِ این کتاب با یک حقه آغاز شد. حقه‌ای که جامعه‌یِ هدفِ آن بخش‌هایِ وسیعی از علومِ اجتماعی و علومِ انسانی بود که فلسفه‌یِ «پست‌مدرنیسم» را دنبال می‌کردند. جریانِ فکری که مشخصه‌یِ آن طرد کمابیش صریحِ عقلانیتِ عصرِ روشنگری [...]

    22. Oh, how badly the Left needs more books like this, boldly championing scientific objectivity and facts over political or spiritual ideologies that abuse science to gain legitimacy and further their agendas.The story of the origin of this book is a playful one: the author submitted a parody article, called Transgressing the Boundaries, to a postmodern scientific journal. In it he demonstrates every abuse of science he's seen, conflating subjects that have nothing to do with each other, exaggerati [...]

    23. Няма да навлизам в подробности относно философските течения на структурализма, постструктурализма и постмодернизма и повлияните от тях културни и политически течения, така или иначе ако се интересувате от тия неща сте поне малко наясно, а ако не - няма да ви стане ясно от 2 [...]

    24. Although this is an important book, it is not a very enjoyable one to read, for the simple fact that the authors felt compelled to quote at length from some of the most disfigured and meaningless jumbles of words that I have ever seen sewn together in the guise of sentences.A major portion of the book is given over to reproductions of original 'postmodernist' sources that ramble for pages on end, with trifling comments by the authors on how the different scientific concepts have been misinterpre [...]

    25. Important and at times humorous book by Sokal and Brimont where they depict the pseudoprofundity of few post-modern "philosophers" of the 20th century and come to demonstrate how these charlatans abuse complex mathematical/hard-science concepts -which they got no clue about- into some meaningless set of social "theories". I honestly don't understand how some of these "intellectuals" were/are taken seriously, Lacan and Baudrillard then, today in the form of Ronell and Zizek. Additionally and abov [...]

    26. کتابی انقلابی در علوم انسانی که هر دانشجو و پژوهشگری باید آن را بخواند

    27. as part of my online FUNDAEC course, i learnt about a hoax that was perpetrated against an American cultural studies journal in 1996. a physicist at the New York University, Alan Sokal, felt that the liberties the academic humanities and social sciences were taking with mathematics, science, scientific methodology, the history of science and reality itself were becoming postmodern parodies of postmodernism. he felt that offering advice, a critique, or a straightforward list of the mathematical a [...]

    28. ایده‌ی مرکزی کتاب جذاب است و برای منی که در حوزه‌ی فلسفه(مدرنیسم و پست‌مدرنیسم) کلاس اولی هستم فقط در حد ایده حذاب بود . به سختی به پایان رساندمش و به نظرم شاید یکبار دیگر باید خواندش تا بتوانم نظر محکمتری بدهم اما در کل شاید یک بخشی از ایرادم هم معطوف به ترجمه باشد که خیلی روا [...]

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