Review of Intellectual Impostures [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In a series of recent publications, Alan Sokal has launched a series of stinging attacks against contemporary cultural studies. In Intellectual Impostures, for example, written together with Jean Bricmont, the authors (hereafter S&B) criticise the way in which French poststructuralist critics, such as Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, have abused the scientific terminology to which, Sokal claims, they exhibit slavish adherence. Many authors, such as Andrew Ross and Stanley Aronowitz, have taken up the cudgels against S&B. But their replies often miss the mark either by arguing at too abstract a level against S&B's project as a whole or employing strategies and principles drawn from the self same body of texts which S&B criticize. In this article, by contrast, I reply to specific criticisms S&B direct against Lacan's use of topological concepts. By showing that S&B miss a perfectly reasonable, mathematically acceptable way of reading Lacan's appropriation of topology, I intend to raise more general doubts about S&B's erudition in connection with the works they criticise.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Only published papers are available at libraries|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jean-Philippe Bouilloud (2003). 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.
Alan D. Sokal (1999/2003). Intellectual Impostures: Postmodern Philosophers' Abuse of Science. Profile Books.
Alan Haworth (1999). Only One Cheer for Sokal and Bricmont: Or, Scientism is No Response to Relativism. Res Publica 5 (1):1-20.
Robert Taylor (1999). Intellectual Impostures. Philosophy Now 25:46-48.
Alan D. Sokal (1996). Transgressing the Boundaries: An Afterword. Philosophy and Literature 20 (2):338-346.
Jean-Michel Rabaté (ed.) (2003). The Cambridge Companion to Lacan. Cambridge University Press.
Ed Pluth (2006). Lacan's Subversion of the Subject. Continental Philosophy Review 39 (3):293-312.
Added to index2010-12-22
Total downloads9 ( #128,915 of 1,089,062 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,801 of 1,089,062 )
How can I increase my downloads?