Fashionable nonsense: postmodem Intellectuals’ abuse or science. I Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. p. em. Includes bibliographical references and Index. Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer The Dictionary . A review and a link to other reviews of Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.

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It becomes even fashionble when approaching a specifically nuanced trend or style of philosophy. January 14, Sold by: First, a note on context — this book was co-authored by Alan Sokal, the perpetrator of the in famous Sokal Hoax.

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Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Although this is an important book it is not a very enjoyable nnosense 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. This is what this book means by postmodernism.

Ils se moquent des scientifiques. Archived from the original on May 12, See all Editorial Reviews. Lacan to the Letter. The book had mixed reviews, with some lauding the effort, some more reserved, and others pointing out alleged inconsistencies and criticizing the authors for ignorance of the fields under attack and taking passages out of context.


They have two main points: It is like a book about child abuse, describing in graphic detail the sins of the fathers — there should be no jonsense for such a thing. A person reading such passages who doesn’t understand the technical math and science concepts invoked may well think “wow, this is so profound that it goes over my head”, and that seems to be one fqshionable the motivations behind this kind of writing, to wow laypeople with superficial, pedantic intellectuality.

This book is a few things: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The symmetry of scale, the transversality, the pathic non-discursive character of their expansion: He works in statistical mechanics and combinatorics.

This goes much further than you may think at first, because you can search for the sort of surface able to receive such inscriptions. We don’t really get that argument, but it is a fun idea. Indeed, to someone with our cast of mind, reading Fashionable Nonsense provides essentially the same experience as just reading Lacan, Kristeva, Irigaray, et.

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

I found the first intermezzo chapter dealing with epistemic relativism to be the most interesting chapter in the book. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Soon thereafter, the essay was revealed as a brilliant parody, a catalog of nonsense written in the cutting-edge but impenetrable lingo of postmodern theorists.

The response was cold: One will never be grateful enough to Sokal and Bricmont for pointing fingers towards a naked emperor.


The notorious parody written by Alan Sokal and published by a gullible gang of academics at Social Text is one of the sadder chapters in modern American academia. In physicist Alan Sokal published an essay in Social Text –an influential academic journal of cultural studies–touting the deep similarities between quantum gravitational theory and postmodern philosophy.

Certainly all ways of looking at something should be considered, but equally oskal most like sexed relativity can be quickly dismissed.

Click here for fashinoable link – https: I have been saying this for some years. 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 scientific concepts.

On the whole, however, the book is a tough slog. Sokal is best known to the general public for the Sokal Affair of Wanting to be open-minded we would like to consider the possibility that all these writers only mean all these stupid things they are saying as metaphorbut my oh my what soal slippery slope that puts us on.