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.
They should have learn how to "read" first before making a book about "writing" itself.Published 1 day 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 8 days 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 4 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 10 months ago by Dr. R.P. Forsberg
Aristotle taught that gravity was essentially a tendency of things to locate their proper place. Newton, Galileo, et al. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tony V
It is very "dense". The many footnotes could be well be incorporated into the text, and that would make it easier to read, since some are long enough that go to the next... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Argie Blue
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... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Lacy
The debunking of ideas should also include sophist politicians. Among these, of course is Newt Gingrich. Doubtless, there are other politicians who can be added to the list.Published on January 29, 2012 by Archegos
This book is as useful a philosophical tool for those frustrated with the dominance of relativism as anything out there. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Lesley Ragsdale