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Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science (French: Impostures intellectuelles), published in the UK as Intellectual Impostures, is a book by physicists Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. Sokal is best known for the Sokal affair, in which he submitted a deliberately absurd article to Social Text, a critical theory journal, and was able to get it published. The book was published in French in 1997, and in English in 1998; the English editions were revised for greater relevance to debates in the English-speaking world. As part of the so-called science wars, Sokal and Bricmont criticized postmodernism in academia for misuses of scientific and mathematical concepts in postmodern writing. According to some reports, the response within the humanities was "polarized". Critics of Sokal and Bricmont charged that they lacked understanding of the writing they were criticizing. Responses from the scientific community were more supportive.
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original title: Impostures Intellectuelles
language: French, English
date of publication: 1997
genre: philosophy of science, criticism
main subject: philosophy
followed by: Beyond the Hoax

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