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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Print Hardcover and Paperback. Event occurs at 3: He calls it impostiras and weird that there are intensities of treatment by the scientists, in particular, that he was “much less badly treated,” when in fact he was the main target of the US press.
Archived from the original on May 12, This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. He imposturass writes of his hope that in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level of the issues involved. 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.
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;  in some reading groupsreaction was polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal.
Several scientists have expressed similar sentiments. Probably no one concerned with postmodernism has remained unaware of it.
Carlos Veloso (Translator of Imposturas Intelectuais)
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. Fink says that “Lacan could easily assume that his faithful seminar public This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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.
He suggests there are plenty of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response. Number Theory for Computing 2nd ed. Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont.
Their aim is “not to criticize the left, but to help defend it from a trendy segment of itself. Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affairin which he submitted a deliberately absurd article  to Social Texta critical theory journal, and was able to get it published.
They also suggest that, in criticising Irigaray, Sokal and Bricmont sometimes go beyond their area of expertise in the sciences and simply express a differing position on gender politics. Responses from the scientific community were more supportive.
Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont
The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental 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 eerily patient explanations of why it is gibberish,”  and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity.
Richard Dawkinsin a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of Lacan: London Review of Books. Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Mara Beller  maintained that it was not entirely fair to blame contemporary postmodern philosophers for drawing nonsensical conclusions from quantum impoturas which they did dosince many such conclusions were drawn by some of the leading quantum physicists themselves, such as Bohr or Heisenberg when they ventured impoturas philosophy.
But a philosopher who is caught equating the erectile organ to the square root of minus one has, for my money, blown his credentials when it comes to things that I don’t know anything about. At Whom Are We Laughing? Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects?
Lacan to the Letter. Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:. 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.
However, with regard to the second sense, which Plotnisky describes by stating that “all imaginary and complex numbers are, by definition, irrational,”  mathematicians agree with Sokal and Bricmont in not taking complex numbers as irrational. According to some reports, the response within the humanities was “polarized.
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. 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.
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Two Millennia of Mathematics: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. People have been bitterly divided. Retrieved from ” https: The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context.