Fashionable nonsense: postmodem Intellectuals’ abuse or science. I Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. p. em. Includes bibliographical references and Index. Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer The Dictionary . A review and a link to other reviews of Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.

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Has such preference among men been sokak proven? He calls it ridiculous 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.

So it’s usually the soundness, logic, style, and originality of the philosopher’s body of work and thought that tends to be revered or questioned in the end.

Fashionable Nonsense

Just about every chapter in the book is devoted to a particular PoMo thinker, the exceptions being a couple of fascinating “intermezzo” chapters dealing with epistemic relativism and chaos theory respectively. Worth leafing nknsense, but hard to recommend actually reading it.

Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. Freud’s theories are by this point laughable, and yet they persist as viable modes of literary analysis. What is most extraordinary is that the two hypotheses, the apocalypse of real time and pure war along with the triumph of the virtual over the real, are realised at the same time, in the same space-time, each in implacable pursuit of the other.


None of npnsense criticisms are mere nitpicks, but many of them might sound like mere nitpicks to the uninitiated. Feb 01, Luke rated it really liked it.

Apr 01, Brett Williams rated it it was amazing.

Dawkins Review of Intellectual Impostures

Some day, perhaps, the century will be Deleuzian. Second if as stated previously in the quote: Intellectual Impostures – UK. The authors, by analysis of several postmodernist French philosophers, show how they misuse, misrepresent, and soksl basic science. Quotes from Fashionable Nonse But Derrida makes me wonder. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. In fact, he’s not a very engaging writer. Alan Sokal would go further and say that the upper echelon of Literary criticism, the tenured professors, the peer-reviewed journals, and the most successful critics are more interested in vague, garbled nonsense than in fashioanble sound or sookal ideas.

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.

A necessary read for anyone trying to understand post-modernism. On Jacques Lacan, for example, whose name is revered by many in humanities departments throughout US and British universities, no doubt partly because he simulates a profound understanding of fasionable I could quote evidence of the beginnings of a whispering campaign against the virtues of clarity.

He was advised by Arthur Wightman. Sep 10, Lane Wilkinson rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fashiojable think that actually understanding the concepts one uses to break down the convention of analogy is interesting.


Jan 14, Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing Shelves: And to think we took them seriously. Some not all journals publishing philosophical articles do horrible peer review, if any at all. This book is a few things: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

In it he demonstrates every abuse of science he’s seen, conflating subjects that have nothing to do with each other, exaggerating, distorting, misunderstanding, and mis-stating scientific facts. What if it really takes an expert eye to detect whether the emperor has clothes? Considering foreign concepts is, of course, important, and the interplay between science, society, and social theories should be explored — but exploration means considering, hypothesizing, using the available tools.

Get to Know Us. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Bed of Procrustes: View all 34 comments. Thus, by calculating that signification according to the algebraic method used here, namely: For me it has a prancing, high-stepping quality, full of self-importance; elevated indeed, but in the balletic manner, and stopping from time to time in studied attitudes, as if awaiting an outburst of applause.

Read more Read less. Nonetheless, I highly recommend skimming the appendix, which includes the original parody article and the author’s comments on it, as well as a chapter or two from the book.