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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One friend of mine told me that Sokal’s article came up in a meeting of a left reading group that he belongs to.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Intekectuais March 5, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. 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 kntelectuais the misuse of scientific concepts.

Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed. Archived from the original on May 12, London Review of Books. The Knowable and the Unknowable. Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? University of Michigan Press.

Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Mara Beller [14] maintained that it was not entirely fair to blame contemporary postmodern philosophers for drawing nonsensical conclusions from quantum physics which they did dosince many such conclusions were drawn by some of the leading quantum physicists themselves, such as Bohr or Heisenberg impostruas they ventured into intelectusis.

He then writes of his hope that in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level of the issues involved. According to New York Review of Books editor Barbara Epsteinwho was delighted by Sokal’s hoaxwithin the humanities the response to the book was bitterly divided, with some delighted and some enraged; [3] in some reading groupsreaction was polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal.


Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it.

Carlos Veloso (Translator of Imposturas Intelectuais)

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. From Archimedes to Gauss.

Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized. Views Read Edit View history.

Some are delighted, some are enraged. Retrieved 25 June He intelectiais 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.

In Jacques Derrida ‘s response, “Sokal and Bricmont Aren’t Serious,” first published intelecutais 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 impozturas chance to reflect seriously on this issue has been ruined for a broad public forum that deserves better.

University of Minnesota Press. The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ Responses from the scientific community were more supportive.

Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed. Event occurs at 3: The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Rather, they aim to draw attention to the abuse of concepts from mathematics and physics, subjects they’ve devoted their careers to inteoectuais and teaching.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont – DisputatioDisputatio

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.


Lacan to the Letter.

Print Hardcover and Paperback. The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in impoosturas philosophy. 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 impostuas patient explanations of why it is gibberish,” [11] and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity.

Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. While Intelcetuais 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.

Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly. Postmodernism Philosophy of science. Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: 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.

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”.