You must remember this: in the journal Social Text published an essay by Alan Sokal called “Transgressing the boundaries: towards a. It’s time I introduced you to my hero: Alan Sokal. He wrote and submitted a spoof article, Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a. Biographical Information: The author is a Professor of Physics at New York University. He has lectured widely in Europe and Latin America, including at the.

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Gross and Norman Levitt claim that some humanities journals would publish anything as long as it had “the proper leftist thought” and quoted or was written by well-known leftist thinkers. Science Logic and Mathematics. Gross and Norman Levitt’s Higher Superstition: University of Nebraska Press, American Journal of Sociology.

Sokal affair

This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat Views Read Edit View history. For Sokal is not just inviting us to titter at, say, Deleuze and Guattari from the position of a maroon-faced country squire; he is saying that the business of “postmodern literary intellectuals pontificating on science and its philosophy and making a complete bungle of both” is actually a betrayal of the values of the left, not only revelling in a very elitist arcana, usually meaningless, but also devaluing the very concepts of truth, evidence and reason.

Retrieved March 5, It proposed that quantum gravity is a social and linguistic construct. InCornell sociologist Robb Willer performed an experiment in which undergraduate students read Sokal’s paper and were told either that it was written by another student or that it was by a famous academic.


In the same issue, Stolzenberg replied, arguing that their critique and allegations of misrepresentation were based on misreadings. Duke University Press, Nick Jardine – unknown.

Sokal affair – Wikipedia

Gross and Levitt had been vocal defenders of the scientific realist camp of the ” science wars “, opposing postmodernist academics who questioned scientific objectivity. He advised readers to slowly and skeptically examine the arguments proposed by each party, bearing in mind that “the obvious is sometimes the enemy of the true”. Topics Books Nicholas Lezard’s choice.

The English-language article had a list of French intellectuals who were not included in Sokal and Bricmont’s book: In it, Sokal claimed Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic speculations had been confirmed by recent work in quantum field theory. Quantum Gravity in Philosophy of Physical Science. Quantum Gravity in Philosophy of Physical Science categorize this paper.

Anyone who believes that the laws of physics are mere social conventions is invited to try transgressing those conventions from the windows of my apartment.

As Sokal revealed the hoax, the French philosopher Jacques Derrida was initially one of the targets of discredit in the United States, particularly in newspaper coverage. Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity” was the only article submitted by a natural transgressig.

Retrieved 21 February Sociology of science, at its best, has done much to clarify these issues. Which is a pity, because you probably need to read this book for more than just entertainment.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with the Sokol affair involving the company Berkshire Hathaway.

The Sokal affair

Request removal from index. Alan Sokal – – Oxford University Press. Alan Sokal – manuscript. Postmodernism and the Left.

He wrote and submitted a spoof article, Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity”. Wikibooks has a book on the topic of: Interviewed by Robert Siegel.

What Is All the Fuss About? Though far more systematic than Sokal’s work, it received scant media attention. Paul Boghossian – – Times Literary Supplement.

History of Western Philosophy. Hilgartner argued that the intellectual impact of the successful Sokal hoax cannot be attributed to its quality as a “demonstration” but rather to journalistic hyperbole and the anti-intellectual biases of some American journalists.

Alan Sokal American University in Cairo.

In the second paragraph I declare without the slightest evidence or argument, that “physical ‘reality’ note the scare quotes [ Retrieved 1 March But its actual purpose was to show you could write a load of rubbish and fool the editors of Social Text into accepting it, if it was plausibly presented and used the modish vocabulary of social theorists.