In Fashionable Nonsense, Alan Sokal, the author of the hoax, and Jean Bricmont contend that abuse of science is rampant in postmodernist circles, both in the form of inaccurate and pretentious invocation of scientific and mathematical terminology and in the more insidious form of epistemic relativism. When Sokal and Bricmont expose Jacques Lacan's ignorant misuse of topology, or Julia Kristeva's of set theory, or Luce Irigaray's of fluid mechanics, or Jean Baudrillard's of non-Euclidean geometry, they are on safe ground; it is all too clear that these virtuosi are babbling.
Their discussion of epistemic relativism--roughly, the idea that scientific and mathematical theories are mere "narrations" or social constructions--is less convincing, however, in part because epistemic relativism is not as intrinsically silly as, say, Regis Debray's maunderings about Gödel, and in part because the authors' own grasp of the philosophy of science frequently verges on the naive. Nevertheless, Sokal and Bricmont are to be commended for their spirited resistance to postmodernity's failure to appreciate science for what it is. --Glenn Branch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I think it's crucial that respectable academics stop purveying semantically vacuous nonsense that egregiously expropriates terms that have precise scientific meanings, with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by video meliora proboque
The only bad thing I can say about this book is that the authors are frustratingly nice and collected in the face of utter stupidity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brandon
Great exposure. That one of the authors was a Contra collaborator makes his overall good judgement questionable. Great book, though. It was entertaining.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quite funny, however I found it difficult to read. He does do a good job of explaining some VERY complex ideas.Published 4 months ago by Paul
They should have learn how to "read" first before making a book about "writing" itself.Published 5 months ago by Korphong
A petty, ignorant diatribe scribbled by two pathetic men of inflated self-importance and meager comprehension. Makes great kindling in a pinch!Published 5 months ago by Joseph Samaniego
A childish combination of Ad Hominem fallacies and constant and deliberate misrepresentations. This book is academia at its very lowest.Published 10 months ago by Nathan
I agree with Sokal and Bricmont almost entirely. Their critique of postmodern relativism and all the theory that accompanies it is well taken and well argued. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. R.P. Forsberg