The reception of the Sokal affair in france—"pomo" hunting or intellectual mccarthyism?: A propos of impostures intellectuelles by A. Sokal and J. Bricmont

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 33 (1):122-137 (2003)
Abstract
The Sokal Affair created a huge debate in France in past years, about the social sciences, scientificity, and postmodernism. It was initiated with a "hoax article," a false postmodern article published by Allan Sokal in the U.S. review Social Text , and a book copublished with Jean Bricmont, where the authors denounce the abusive borrowings of words and concepts from physics or biology by famous intellectuals such as Derrida, Kristeva, Virilio, Debray, and Latour. The debate presented a wide span of positions, from methodological disagreement to approval. Finally, it poses important questions about the structure and the behavior of the scientific field. Key Words: Sokal • Bricmont • postmodernism • reception • social text.
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