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

Fashionable Nonsense : Postmodern Intellectuals` Abuse of Science (ISBN10: 0312204078; ISBN13: 9780312204075)
ISBN13: 978-0312204075
ISBN10: 0312204078

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ISBN13: 978-0312195458
ISBN10: 0312195451

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 t ...show moreheories. 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 98
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Picador USA
Published: 10/28/1999
International: No

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