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unisnn Sokal and Bricmont go to great lengths to maintain that they are only attacking the weak science of these works, but the inescapable conclusion is that thinkers who are willing to spew such claptrap without a thought for its meaning, and whose only goal is to cow and elegnter their audience through the use of incontestable terminology and concepts are, in fact, charlatans, and that while there might be some value in their charlatanry it is not really something we should look upon kindly.

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Long live logic, indeed. Some critics do, however, have the gall to suggest that this is immaterial, that the ideas these great thinkers propound and propose are so significant that the use of false, misleading, and irrelevant evidence to support them is perfectly valid. The original parody, included here, is wlan fairly fun read it can also be found online. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. For those who do not recall it: Fashionable Nonsense – US.

Eleganter Unsinn – die Postmoderne auf dem Prüfstand

Sokal and Bricmont address the two-cultures debate, and the fact that science is so foreign to so a,an allowing it to be abused all the easier. This analogy could perhaps contribute to explain relativity theory to a sociologist who is familiar with Latour’s sociology, or to explain Latour’s sociology to eleganterr physicist, but what sense should it have in explaining the sociology of Latour to other sociologists on the basis of the analogy to relativity theory?


That group and the thinkers they have embraced have twisted all debate alann the unintellectual, returning it to the level of theological debate where anything can be proposed and propounded as long as the proper terminology and, in the case of theological debate, the reigning deities are invoked.

We don’t really get that argument, but it is a fun idea. It is like a book about child abuse, describing in graphic detail the sins of the fathers — there should be no need for such a thing.

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No one can really deny that. Get to Know Us. This book is in many respects a gloss on the article. The idea never caught on. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. See all free Kindle reading apps. Write a customer review. Worth leafing through, but hard to recommend actually reading it. It is an unusual way of undermining science since the thinkers are toppled along with their false sokabut this, surely, is the most dangerous aspect of the whole affair — that science is pulled down to their level, when its great value is in being above such petty and mindless debate, when its strength is in the intellectual rigor it demands.

For example, the enunciator the didactic trick of Einstein to explain the theory of relativity is assumed to be a real person whose privileges must be fought against.

Hail Sokal and Wleganter for wasting so much of their lives on such a ridiculous but apparently necessary task. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. Impostures intellectuelles – France.

Fashionable Nonsense (Intellectual Impostures) – Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

The rest, built on the pyramid of empty jargon of literary theory, sociology, psychology, etc. Whereof one cannot speak, a truly wise man once suggested, thereof one should remain silent. Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: The selections are numbingly horrific, an outrage so maddening that we actually found it physically difficult to read the book. Instead of having a good laugh and sending the essay back to Sokal the good folks at Social Text took it seriously and published it.


Except for on a funky Star Trek episode we can’t see much use for considering the speed of light privileged. Dtv 1 May Language: If nothing else though Sokal and Bricmont show that clarity is necessary, desirable, and really not all that hard to achieve — would that modern culture theory at least pick up that much. It is worse than books debunking psychic phenomena and the like because whereas psychics address the common man, the thinkers attacked here write in prose?

An important book, it is nevertheless almost unreadable — mainly because of the absurd passages cited extensively by Sokal and Bricmont. Proper reasoning is no longer called for — when in fact it is the first thing that should be called for. In our opinion, however, the authors we are investigating are analogies between generally accepted theories from the natural sciences and theories that are too vague to be empirically verifiable e.

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The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. The passages Sokal and Bricmont present are indeed examples of bad science to put it mildly. The complete review ‘s Review:.