Fashionable Nonsense

Alan Sokal, Author, Jean Bricmont, Joint Author Picador USA $23 (272p) ISBN 978-0-312-19545-8
The authors of this audacious debunking apparently want nothing less than to embarrass some of the foremost academic stars of the postwar period--including Jacques Lacan, Luce Irigaray and Paul Virilio, among other luminaries in the humanities--for their ""abuse of science."" Sokal, a professor of physics at NYU, and Bricmont, a theoretical physicist with the Universite de Louvain in Belgium, offer an argument that's an offshoot of Sokal's notorious 1996 prank in which he submitted an article, high in jargon and low in logic, to a cultural studies journal, which accepted it immediately. After Sokal revealed the hoax, bitter debates raged within academia. Here, he and Bricmont continue where the hoax left off, waging a war of wits with thinkers who, they say, adopt science as a metaphor for their own more literary purposes. The authors also attack critics who fabricate pseudoscientific theories of their own, and much of their book is dedicated to building methodical cases against the academics' principles and logical flaws. The authors fervor and the precision of their writing makes this a most engaging read. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/30/1998
Release date: 12/01/1998
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-312-20407-5
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-1-4668-6240-1
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.