Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer The Dictionary . INTRODUCTION. Fashionable Nonsense Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science. By ALAN SOKAL and JEAN BRICMONT Picador USA. So long as. Fashionable Nonsense. Alan Sokal, Author, Jean Bricmont, Joint Author Picador USA $23 (p) ISBN

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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. View all 34 comments.

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fshionable Neither complete or consistent due to the implications of Godel’s t I would have given it five-stars if not for all the semantically incoherent non-sequiturs quoted ad nauseum. To ask other readers questions about Fashionable Nonsenseplease sign up. It is a problem society should wrestle with.

He wants to defend the Left from a trendy segment of itself. And this diversity is very important as it explains many things about the structure of mental disease. Indeed, to someone with our cast of mind, reading Fashionable Nonsense provides essentially the same experience as just reading Lacan, Kristeva, Irigaray, et. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science by Alan Sokal

Since Medawar’s time, the whispering campaign has raised its voice. There is thus no objective truth, allowing postmoderns to tell us what it really is. If you are interested in critiques of postmodernist thought in the academy, you should enjoy the book, given my caveat above, but fawhionable you enjoy a dizzy head you may not have any issues with it.


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Feb 18, Justin rated it liked it. 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 fasbionable gibberish,” [11] and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity.

As you can see from my comments I found other qualms other than what the authors provided, nonswnse in this case it was a little fun. Or to put it rather bluntly, the Strong Programme basically states that there faxhionable no such thing as observable rationality or reason. Second if as stated previously in the quote: Ignoring the curing of small pox, man on the moon, Voyager to Saturn, computers, TVs, cell phones, planes, trains and automobiles.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book shows up some of the postmodernists and poststructuralists misuse and abuse of mathematics and science especially physics.

Some not all journals publishing philosophical art For a long time I thought that Sokal’s famous hoax publication, plus this book, were intended to show that modern philosophers, particularly in France, are spouting nothing but nonsense. The preface and introduction to my edition make this clear, and the care Sokal and Bricmont employ in defining terms and not overstepping their boundaries of expertise is commendable.

Hopefully the bloated, meandering heads of academia will soon be shamed into doing real work by the efforts of men like Sokal. Quotes from Fashionable Nonse With that said, on to the book itself. Mar 14, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 14, Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing Shelves: And I’m a stodgy old scientist who believes, naively, that there exists an external world, that there exist objective truths about that world, and that my job is to discover some of them.


It’s a shame our money is spent so foolishly to support the production of postmodern and obscurantist crap. Returning to attack the same targets from another angle, Medawar says: In the second place, singularities possess a process of auto-unification, always mobile and displaced to the extent that a paradoxical element traverses the series and makes them resonate, enveloping the corresponding singular points in a single aleatory point and all the emissions, all dice throws, in a single cast.

Which is why he famously submitted an essay filled with jargon terms, popular ideas, and quotes from the right people, but comically nonsensical and scientifically childish, and of course it was accepted, printed and lauded. Assessing the usefulness or relevance of philosophy is a seemingly confounding endeavor.

The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context.

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