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Fashionable nonsense : postmodern intellectuals' abuse of science

Author: Alan D Sokal; J Bricmont
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, ©1998.
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"In 1996, Alan Sokal Published an Essay in the hip intellectual magazine Social Text parodying the scientific but impenetrable lingo of contemporary theorists. On the heels of the fierce academic debate that followed the hoax, Sokal teams up with Jean Bricmont to expose the abuse of scientific concepts in the writings of today's most fashionable postmodern thinkers. From Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva to Luce  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan D Sokal; J Bricmont
ISBN: 0312195451 9780312195458 0312204078 9780312204075
OCLC Number: 39605994
Description: xiv, 300 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Jacques Lacan --
Julia Kristeva --
Intermezzo: epistemic relativism in the philosophy of science --
Luce Irigaray --
Bruno Latour --
Intermezzo: chaos theory and "postmodern science" --
Jean Baudrillard --
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari --
Paul Virilio --
Gödel's theorem and set theory: some examples of abuse --
Epilogue. A. Trangressing the boundaries: toward a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity. B. Some comments on the parody. C. Transgressing the boundaries: an afterword.
Other Titles: Impostures intellectuelles.
Responsibility: Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.

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"In 1996, Alan Sokal Published an Essay in the hip intellectual magazine Social Text parodying the scientific but impenetrable lingo of contemporary theorists. On the heels of the fierce academic debate that followed the hoax, Sokal teams up with Jean Bricmont to expose the abuse of scientific concepts in the writings of today's most fashionable postmodern thinkers. From Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva to Luce Irigaray and Jean Baudrillard, the authors document the errors made by some postmodernists using science to bolster their arguments and theories. Witty and closely reasoned, Fashionable Nonsense dispels the notion that scientific theories are mere "narratives" or social constructions, and explores the abilities and the limits of science to describe the conditions of existence. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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Post-modern wannabes get their come-uppance

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2012-01-01) Very Good Permalink

Alan Sokal once played a very funny and telling joke on the "science studies" crowd of post-modern intellectuals. He wrote an article for one of their journals that was little more than a string of nonsensical pseudo-science. To anyone with a passing understanding of the subject, it was clearly nonsense....
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