IMPOSTURAS INTELECTUAIS ALAN SOKAL PDF

Shelves: general-science , philosophy-of-science Assessing the usefulness or relevance of philosophy is a seemingly confounding endeavor. It becomes even trickier when approaching a specifically nuanced trend or style of philosophy. To add to that, there is the incessant theoretical backpedaling and earnest apologetics Assessing the usefulness or relevance of philosophy is a seemingly confounding endeavor. The reason this is complicated is because said apologetics typically entail claims that the philosopher in question was being misread, misunderstood, or read or understood in the incorrect context. They might also claim that the translation of the work in question was a poor one, or that their critics have a very particular axe to grind against them, whether it be political, racial, or class-based. Of course, people usually question philosophers with good reason.

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In particular, he studies the interplay between these fields based on questions arising in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. Want to Read saving…. Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Mara Beller [14] maintained that it was not entirely fair to blame contemporary postmodern philosophers for drawing nonsensical conclusions from quantum physics which they did do slkal, since many such conclusions were drawn by some of the leading quantum physicists themselves, such as Bohr or Heisenberg when they ventured into philosophy.

The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy. Alan Sokal digs deeply and take stabs at how postmodernism tries to debase the authority imoosturas the natural sciences.

Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affairin which he submitted a deliberately absurd article [1] to Social Texta critical theory journal, and was able to get it published.

Josh Ronsen rated it it was amazing Aug 30, The book had mixed reviews, with some lauding the effort, some more reserved, and others pointing out alleged inconsistencies and criticizing the authors for ignorance imposhuras the fields under attack and taking passages out of context.

This latter point has been disputed by Arkady Plotnitsky one of the authors mentioned by Sokal in his original hoax. Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Elvis rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Very funny and important. Jitney rated it it was amazing May 06, The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. He then writes of his hope that in the future this work is pursued more seriously and with dignity at the level of the issues involved. Related Articles.

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Incorrect use of scientific concepts versus scientific metaphors[ edit ] The stated goal of the book is not to attack "philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly. The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context. Sokal and Bricmont claim that they do not intend to analyze postmodernist thought in general. Rather, they aim to draw attention to the abuse of concepts from mathematics and physics, their areas of specialty. Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as any of the following behaviors: Using scientific or pseudoscientific terminology without bothering much about technical meanings. Importing concepts from the natural sciences into the humanities without justification for their use.

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Imposturas Intelectuais – Alan Sokal

In particular, he studies the interplay between these fields based on questions arising in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. Want to Read saving…. Limiting her considerations to physics, science hystorian Mara Beller [14] maintained that it was not entirely fair to blame contemporary postmodern philosophers for drawing nonsensical conclusions from quantum physics which they did do slkal, since many such conclusions were drawn by some of the leading quantum physicists themselves, such as Bohr or Heisenberg when they ventured into philosophy. The book has been criticized by post-modern philosophers and by scholars with some interest in continental philosophy. Alan Sokal digs deeply and take stabs at how postmodernism tries to debase the authority imoosturas the natural sciences.

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