Open in the App Open in the App Open in the App
Get the key ideas from

Fashionable Nonsense

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science

By Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont
10-minute read
Audio available
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

In Fashionable Nonsense (1998), we dive into some of the problematic aspects of postmodernism, a fashionable intellectual trend in universities worldwide. Learn how inaccessible, complex language does not always translate into profound ideas, and discover how the popularity of postmodern nonsense can actually harm society.

  • Readers who want to learn more about the Sokal hoax
  • Scholars and critics of relativism and its implicit dangers
  • Students critical of postmodernism

Alan Sokal is a physics professor at New York University and the author of Beyond the Hoax.

Jean Bricmont is a professor of theoretical physics at the Université de Louvain, in Belgium. He also co-wrote Humanitarian Imperialism, with Diana Johnstone.

Go Premium and get the best of Blinkist

Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to the Blinkist library. Read or listen to key insights from the world’s best nonfiction.

Upgrade to Premium

What is Blinkist?

The Blinkist app gives you the key ideas from a bestselling nonfiction book in just 15 minutes. Available in bitesize text and audio, the app makes it easier than ever to find time to read.

3,000+ top
nonfiction titles

Get unlimited access to the most important ideas in business, investing, marketing, psychology, politics, and more. Stay ahead of the curve with recommended reading lists curated by experts.

No time to

Pssst. Sign up to your secret to success: key ideas from top nonfiction in just 15 minutes.
Created with Sketch.