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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Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont. Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. Retrieved 25 June Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy.

This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of inteelectuais authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Archived from the original on May 12, At Whom Are We Laughing? 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, jmposturas thinking and the misuse of scientific concepts.

The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and impostturas incorrectly.


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. The Knowable and the Unknowable. Cover of the first edition. Postmodernism Philosophy of science. The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ 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.

Event occurs at 3: Retrieved March 5, Views Read Edit View history. 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”.

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.

While Fink and Plotnitsky question Sokal and Bricmont’s right to say what definitions of scientific terms are correct, cultural theorists and literary critics Andrew Milner and Jeff Browitt acknowledge that right, seeing it as “defend[ing] their disciplines against what they saw as a misappropriation of key terms and concepts” by writers such as Lacan and Irigaray.

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Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. However, intepectuais regard to the second sense, which Plotnisky describes by stating that “all imaginary and complex numbers are, by definition, irrational,” [24] mathematicians agree with Sokal and Bricmont in not taking complex numbers as irrational. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. 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”.

Sokal and Bricmont intelecttuais that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. From Archimedes to Gauss. Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it.

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They also suggest that, in criticising Irigaray, Sokal and Bricmont sometimes go beyond their area of expertise in the sciences imposfuras simply express a differing position on gender politics. 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. Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed.