Dawkins Review of Intellectual Impostures. Guattari, one of many fashionable French ‘intellectuals’ outed by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont in. Intellectual Impostures by Sokal and Bricmont. Robert Taylor cheers to the rafters the attack by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont on modern French philosophy’s. originally published in French, as: Impostures intellectuelles; US title: Fashionable Nonsense; UK title: Intellectual Impostures; US subtitle: Postmodern .

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When Intellectual Impostures was published in France, it sent shock waves through the Left Bank establishment. When it was published in Britain, it provoked vicious debate. Sokal and Bricmont examine the canon of French postmodernists – Lacan, Kristeva, Baudrillard, Irigaray, Latour, Virilio, Deleuze and Guattari – and systematically expose their abuse of science. Would you like to imposturres us about a lower price? If you are a impostured for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Please try again later. The many hours I spent reading French philosophy in school while trying to glean something comprehensible were far too many.

This book reinforced my earlier convictions that the writing was verbose and just plain terrible. I should add that it wasn’t lost intellecrual translation. The fact that they still use French philosophy in Universities is unnerving to say the least. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to ‘deprogram’ the post-modern out of someone they know and love. Anyone who has had the misfortune to purchase a book that is an offense to reason, or to have to listen to a talk full of pretense and pseudo-scientific subterfuge; anyone who is rightly scornful of woolly thinking, half-baked ideas and downright intellectual dishonesty backed up by specious reasoning, will delight in this expose by its two authors.


They systematically take apart and pulverize the work of impkstures perpetrators of the art of literary and pseudo-academic deception, exposing its dishonesty and impure motives. The authors do a great job as exposers of falsehood and upholders of objective truth. This book is recommended reading for those whose grasp of objectivity is weak or faltering, or who wish to find champions of an approach to reality that is, to man’s great peril, increasingly ignored today – an approach which relies on facts, not on fantasy; on painstaking research and meticulous reasoning, not on mere subjectivity and a plunge into an abyss of subjective fantasy and madness.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I find the book extremely interesting and well written, and the subject is very relevant. It was surprising to learn how renowned philosophers wrote sentences completely meaningless. It is a depressing social phenomenon, but it also teaches us a lot about the role of prestige and authority in the judgement of some intellectual works.

It was a little old and gave me The book was great. It was a little old and gave me allergies although I attempted to air it out and put it in the microwave to try to kill some of ompostures microorganisms.

But I did purchase a used book so Imposttures you ever been tempted to write pure nonsense? Maybe on some rainy first day of April? I once felt like writing: In response, She drew a circle next to me, a truly beautiful and perfect circle.

And right in front of my panicky brown eyes, She turned pi into four!

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Not just the circumference divided by the diameter, but the series expansion as an inverse tangent as well. What would She do next, make me unwell by dropping the first letter from my first name? A Novel,” Carl Sagan went me one better when he had aliens send messages to each other at infinite speed by hiding them in a numerical representation of pi and then, you guessed it, changing pi everywhere!

Still, Alan Sokal went beyond even this, getting the following published in the journal “Social Text: This book shows that they are. The authors show that Jacques Lacan makes completely arbitrary analogies between topology and psychoanalysis.

We then see some of the same irrelevance and superficial use of topology in the early works of Julia Kristeva. After an interlude in which Sokal and Bricmont seriously discuss the philosophy of science, there are more examples of academic nonsense. The next victim is Luce Irigaray, who in what I agree is about as ridiculously antifeminist a statement as one could make says: I must admit that I half expected Irigaray to say that pi was different for Men and women.


After that, we see Bruno Latour’s idea that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has implications for sociology. The authors point out that this is manifest nonsense.

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Were we to discover tomorrow that the ratio of the mass of a particle to its energy were slightly different from what relativity predicted, there would be a revolution in physics, but no need to alter theories of human behavior. Later, we see Jean Baudrillard say, “It is a sign that the space of the event has become a hyperspace with multiple refractivity, and that the space of war has become definitively non-Euclidean.

Sokal and Bricmont conclude that all this inanity is a threat. That either it will lead to even more irrationalism in academia or to an academic abandonment of social critique. And I think it’s worth warning us to avoid such a future. But I also think we simply need social journals to get scientists to review and reject papers that imposturea big scientific words instead of making coherent statements.

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