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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Editorial Splendours and Miseries of the Science Wars. Sokal got the idea for his “experiment” after reading Paul R.

Which is a pity, because you probably need to traansgressing this book for more than just entertainment. Quantum Gravity in Philosophy of Physical Science.

University of Nebraska, They apparently felt no need to analyze the quality of the evidence, the cogency of the arguments, or even the relevance of the arguments to the purported conclusion. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Sokal submitted the article to Social Textwhose editors were collecting articles for the ” Science Wars ” issue. Science Logic and Mathematics. Editions Odile Jacob, Sokal – – Philosophy and Literature 20 2: Wikibooks has a book on the topic of: Added to PP index Total downloads 32, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 20 22, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity

My goal isn’t to defend science from the barbarian hordes of lit crit we’ll thd just fine, thank youbut to defend the Left from a trendy segment of itself.


Topics Books Nicholas Lezard’s choice. They attacked him for dishonesty and some post-modernist commentators suggested he needed psychiatric treatment. Sokal said the editors’ response illustrated the problem he highlighted.

Therapeutic Touch and Postmodernism in Nursing. Retired Northeastern University mathematician turned social scientist Gabriel Stolzenberg wrote essays meant to discredit the statements of Sokal and his allies, [26] arguing that they insufficiently grasped the philosophy they criticized, rendering their criticism meaningless. But entertaining it certainly is. At that time, the journal did not practice academic peer review and it did not submit the article for outside expert review by a physicist.

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.

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Expose as a Sham or False”. The hoax sparked a debate about the scholarly merit of commentary about the physical sciences by those in the humanities; the influence of postmodern philosophy on social disciplines in general; academic ethics, including whether Sokal was wrong to deceive the editors and readers of Social Text ; and whether Social Text had exercised appropriate intellectual rigor.

It went on to state that because scientific research is “inherently theory-laden and self-referential”, it “cannot assert a privileged epistemological status with respect to counterhegemonic narratives emanating from dissident or marginalized communities” and that therefore a “liberatory science” and an “emancipatory mathematics”, spurning “the elite caste canon of ‘high science ‘ “, needed to be established for a “postmodern science [that] provide[s] powerful boundariws support for the progressive political project”.


The Sokal affair

The editors said they considered it poorly written but published it because they felt Sokal was an academic seeking their intellectual affirmation. Soal Education Higher education.

But it is an important joke, and its implications go well beyond what you might expect of a spat between scientists and social theorists, neither of whom, as far as the common reader is concerned, produce anything comprehensible.

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science. Sociology of science, at its best, has done much to clarify these issues. Instead, they speculated Sokal’s admission “represented a change of heart, or a folding of his intellectual resolve”. The article is a masterpiece of foggy prose. 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.

History of Western Philosophy. Alan Sokal – manuscript.