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Fashionable Nonsense : Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science

Fashionable Nonsense : Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science - 98 edition

Fashionable Nonsense : Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780312204075

ISBN10: 0312204078

Fashionable Nonsense : Postmodern Intellectuals
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Picador USA
Published: 1998
International: No
Fashionable Nonsense : Postmodern Intellectuals

ISBN13: 9780312204075

ISBN10: 0312204078

Edition: 98

Summary

In 1996, Alan Sokal published an essay in the hip intellectual magazineSocial Textparodying the scientific but impenetrable lingo of contemporary theorists. Here, 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 Nonsensedispels the notion that scientific theories are mere ''narratives'' or social constructions, and explored the abilities and the limits of science to describe the conditions of existence.

Author Bio

Alan Sokal is a professor of physics at New York University. Jean Bricmont is a theoretical physicist with the Universite de Louvaine in Belgium.

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