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In Intellectual Imposteurs, Alan Sokal, the author of the hoax, and Jean Bricmont contend that abuse of science is rampant in postmodernist circles, both in the form of inaccurate and pretentious invocation of scientific and mathematical terminology and in the more insidious form of epistemic relativism. When Sokal and Bricmont expose Jacques Lacan's ignorant misuse of topology, or Julia Kristeva's of set theory, or Luce Irigaray's of fluid mechanics, or Jean Baudrillard's of non-Euclidean geometry, they are on safe ground; it is all too clear that these virtuosi are babbling.
Their discussion of epistemic relativism--roughly, the idea that scientific and mathematical theories are mere "narrations" or social constructions--is less convincing, however, in part because epistemic relativism is not as intrinsically silly as, say, Regis Debray's maunderings about Gödel, and in part because the authors' own grasp of the philosophy of science frequently verges on the naive. Nevertheless, Sokal and Bricmont are to be commended for their spirited resistance to postmodernity's failure to appreciate science for what it is. --Glenn Branch, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Alan Sokal was a physicist who submitted a spoof article in the post-modernist journal Social Text: a farrago of gobbledygook, incorporating all manner of scientific and... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2012 by F Henwood
This book goes well towards explaining some of the problems inherent in a philosopher like, say, Lacan; notoriously difficult to read to the point where charlatanism is an... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2011 by Alex Harris
Sokal and Bricmont's monumental assault on the muddy thinking and name-calling that gets dressed up as incisive commentary on science is a much bigger and more important work than... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2009 by Brian Flange
This is a supposed critique of the misuse of scientific and mathematical concepts by supposed postmodernists, eg, Lacan, though according to Plotnitsky,(qualified mathematician),... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2008 by BarondeCharlus
This is a highly entertaining book, and much overdue.
Following the famous hoax Sokal perpetrated, the authors have followed up with this book. Read more
This is a most necessary book, which shows with overpowering force that the apostles of postmodernism are naked emperors. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2006 by Luc REYNAERT