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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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? The book has a lot of such examples from various prominent pomo thinkers. View all 4 comments. Their sense of humor — admittedly born out of frustration — is also ill-suited to their enterprise and their snide asides do it no service either.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. To describe it, let me first say that the mistakes catalogued here divide into two types. The chapters dealing with the PoMo thinkers consist of textual excerpts analyzed by Sokal and Bricmont. Second if as stated previously in the quote: University of Minnesota Press.

I don’t think that the doubts and complexities of actual science are fundamentally responsible for political and social damage. Books by Alan Sokal. Common-sense would dictate that physicists are not in the habit of teaching courses on Shakespeare, and English professors are not in the habit of teaching quantum mechanics.

Why is it that whenever a theory of social science is found to be flawed, and loses the respect of the scientific community, it manages to find new success as a nlnsense of literary criticism?

The scholars, all I believe are tenured professors, hence why I am calling them scholars, are Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray This book shows up some of the postmodernists and poststructuralists misuse and abuse of mathematics and science especially physics. Fashioanble, functions depend not just on numbers; they are really relations of variables with the numbers occurring in them as constants that do not vary. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


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Jan 28, Dave Brick rated it really liked it. Aug 22, Ed Erwin rated it really liked it Shelves: The quotations they choose are, to someone with a mathematical background, self-undermining: Long live logic, indeed.

You can perhaps see that the sphere, that old symbol for totality, is unsuitable. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. To fashionqble it, click here. Sokal, a professor of physics, canvassed what looks like hundreds of postmodern papers flushed in untreated torrents from academia.

I’m sick of the contempt for the sciences communicated by the humanities even after their posts dialogue with scientific language. Sokal discusses Feyeraband and his anarchic views on scientific method in discourse on the plausibility of epistemic relativism.

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Fashionable Nonsense is a timely and necessary book, one I would recommend to both students of the sciences and humanities alike. The authors fervor and the precision of their writing makes this a most engaging read. Contrary to popular belief, fashilnable is not an attack on postmodernism and the humanities at large by arrogant scientists who simply don’t get it.

If one can symbolize the subject by this fundamental cut, in the same way one can show that a cut on a torus corresponds to the neurotic subject, and on a cross-cut surface to another sort of mental disease. No one can really deny that.

Although this is an important book, it is not a very enjoyable one to read, for the simple fact that the authors felt compelled to quote at length from some of the most disfigured and meaningless jumbles of words that I have ever seen sewn together in the guise of sentences. A major dashionable of the book is given over to reproductions of original ‘postmodernist’ sources that ramble for pages on end, nonnsense trifling comments by the authors on how the different scientific concepts have been misinterpreted or misused.

Conservatives are notorious for being anti-science, but the Left has its own antagonisms. Often it feels, to someone who knows the math, like an absurd category mistake, roughly analogous to asserting without explanation or justification that “modern telephones communicate by sending Leibnizian monads” or “political solidarity is properly categorized as a particular flavor of ice cream.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Skin in the Game: In other words, what is commonly implied is that western science is just as solidly objective and reliable as tribal myth.

They write ABOUT the sensation of encountering the arcane, the gaps between realms of knowledge, the incommensurability of intellectual and otherwise cultures. Keely marked it as to-read Shelves: Well, the yootoober was right. The equivocation is blatant enough to be funny; though Sokal shows that we should temper our laughter.

Dec 22, Jafar rated it really liked it. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Christine Ladd Franklin, saying that she was a solipsist, and was surprised that there were not others.

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This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ In sum, post-modern theories are the epitome of the academic foolishness described by Pope: Keeping strictly to the scientific claims and subsequent abuses of several famous po-mo academics, Sokal shows both that post-modernism has created a parody of intellectual rigor, and that the post-modern methodology is in danger of undermining the once proud study of arts and letters.

Well, probably when philosophers purport to understand actual science and implement it as a tool for understanding less scientifically observable phenomena such as the aforementioned types which are so inimical to the concerns of philosophy. The chances are that you would produce something like the following: Each person gets to have their own reality.