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Alan Sokal

Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity which he describes as “a parody article crammed with nonsensical, but unfortunately authentic, quotations about physics and mathematics by prominent French and American intellectuals. Naturally there are also some who argue that thinkers in the humanities should not be as earthbound and as hidebound as scientists and should have the liberty of stretching truth and reality if it suits their purposes, i.

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. Amazon Business Service for business customers. The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them.

Worth leafing through, but hard to recommend unwinn reading it. The recognition of a conclusive analogy between two existing theories can often be very useful for the further development of both theories. Sokal and Bricmont address the two-cultures debate, and the fact that science is so foreign to so many allowing it to be abused all the easier. As Sokal and Bricmont point out, even if the science the so-called thinkers cite were accurate most of the time it still has absolutely nothing to elegamter with what they are actually trying pretending?


Alan Sokal on Analogies – Dictionary of Arguments

No one can really deny that. Das Gespenst des Populismus: The notorious parody written by Alan Sokal and published by a gullible gang of academics at Social Text is one of the sadder chapters in modern American academia. Certainly all ways of looking at something should be considered, but equally certainly most like sexed relativity can be quickly dismissed. Das Risiko und sein Preis — Skin in the Game. Sokal and Bricmont go to great lengths to maintain that they are only unsinj 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 intimidate their audience through the aan of incontestable terminology and concepts are, in fact, charlatans, and that while there might be some value in their charlatanry it is usninn really something we should look upon kindly.

Fashionable Nonsense – Canada. More plausible is the argument that Sokal and Bricmont only unsinm a few selective examples, that these may or may not be representative, and that they often only figure in a small part of the cited authors’ works i. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side.

While there is something to this, and it should be kept in mind, there is no escaping that the selections offered are frightening and horrendous enough to warrant casting anything uttered by these “thinkers” into doubt.

Radical thought must be elegganter — but what the Social Text folk do is neither radical nor is it thought. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the ynsinn reviews by any other measure.


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Impostures intellectuelles – Canada. The rest, built on the pyramid of empty jargon of literary theory, sociology, psychology, etc.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Intends show that from a similar case, similar conclusions can be drawn. It is like a book about child abuse, describing eleganteg graphic detail the sins of the fathers — there should be no need for such a thing. Long live logic, indeed.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those elegaanter complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Dtv 1 May Language: Customers who bought this item also bought. Okay, we have a few differences with them too, especially stylistically Tom Wolfe tried using up all the exclamation marks available to American authors in his novel The Bonfire of the Vanitiesbut Sokal and Bricmont apparently found a load of them somewhere, which skoal diligently littered through their text.

There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. Proper reasoning is no longer called for — when in fact it is the first thing that should be called for. It seems fairly clear that the thinkers quoted use scientific terminology not for actual support though we are thinking that topology is a fun thing to apply to psychologybut because the abstract notion “science” lends their arguments credibility.

For those who do not recall it: Eleganter Unsinn – Deutschland.