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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Sokal reasoned that, if the presumption of editorial laziness was correct, the nonsensical content of his article would be irrelevant to whether the editors would publish bounraries.

Alan Sokal – manuscript. Retired Northeastern University mathematician turned social scientist Gabriel Stolzenberg wrote essays meant to discredit the statements of Sokal and his allies, [26] arguing alxn they insufficiently grasped the philosophy they criticized, rendering their criticism meaningless.

Bonudaries Mathematician Reads Social Text. I live on the twenty-first floor. Retrieved September 15, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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 transgressinf established for a “postmodern science [that] provide[s] powerful intellectual support for the progressive political project”.

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.


In the French, his citation from the original hoax article is said to be an “isolated” instance of abuse, [19] whereas the English text adds a parenthetical remark that Derrida’s work contained “no systematic misuse or indeed attention to science. Of course the article was published: When he returned to America, the liberal left agenda seemed to have been hijacked by hip intellectuals and postmodernist literary theorists teaching that reality is a socially constructed text, about which you can say anything, as long as you say it murkily.

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Therapeutic Touch and Postmodernism in Nursing. By flattering the editors’ ideological preconceptions, he hoped his meaningless waffle might just get published. Expose as a Sham or False”. I live on the 21st floor. Quantum Gravity in Philosophy of Physical Science categorize this paper.

But entertaining it certainly is. Mara Beller – unknown. 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.

Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity

Sociologist Stephen Hilgartner, the Cornell University science and technology studies department chairman, wrote “The Sokal Affair in Context”[24] comparing Sokal’s hoax to “Confirmational Response: Quantum Gravity in Philosophy of Physical Science. In the same issue, Stolzenberg replied, arguing that their critique and allegations of misrepresentation were based on misreadings.

Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity” was the only article submitted by a natural scientist.

Views Read Edit View history. And one day, these intellectual fraudsters could be out of a job.

He characterises himself as a member of the old left, and believes that such professional obfuscation as he has exposed can only work, insofar as it works at boundraies, in the interests of the powerful. What would matter would be ideologic obsequiousness, fawning references to deconstructionist writers, and sufficient quantities of the appropriate jargon.


Interviewed by Robert Transggessing. If you believe in The Tao of Physicsclaims that the Rig Veda anticipates the discoveries of quantum physics, or even transubstantiation, then you might be offended.

Beyond the Hoax by Alan Sokal

Social Studies of Science. Alan Sokal is an icon for bad science hunters the world over, the man who pulled off the greatest academic scam of our times, and gave post-modernist commentators on science the public slapping they’ve always deserved.

The day that Social Text came out, Sokal began deriding the editors in boudnaries media. But it is an important joke, and its implications go well beyond what you might expect of a spat between scientists slkal social theorists, neither of whom, as far as the common reader is concerned, produce anything comprehensible.

A Rejoinder to Zembylas.

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