Monthly Archives: May 2017

MIMETIC CRITICISM: the descent into deconceptualisation

By their own admission Boghossian and Lindsay did not even try to fabricate a real hoax. They did make a half-hearted attempt with an obscure journal, their article was rejected, thus proving that scholarly standards were working correctly. So they … Continue reading

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THE SOKALIAN CONNECTION: vanity prank and argument by aura

I have established in my preceding posts that Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay’s hoax paper is not a meaningless pseudo-text but a sophomoric prank parodying an academic field based on a cherry-picked decontextualised hodgepodge of poorly understood ideas. The authors … Continue reading

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POST-CRITICAL THINKING: on skepticism as brand and niche

The “conceptual penis” hoax gives us the sad sight of two “critical” thinkers perpetrating a media strike in the name of standards that they do not themselves obey. If their aim is really to expose uncritical thinking they should immediately … Continue reading

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MORE WORK, LESS HOAX: the case of Badiou

The “Badiou hoax” only proves that there are shady intellectuals willing to exploit the difficulty of his thought to swindle people intellectually (and perhaps financially). Badiou’s philosophy is untouched by this. Badiou never claims to be scientific, he is a … Continue reading

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AGAINST SARCASM: the myth of the pomo French intellectual

I live in France and lead a very active intellectual life here. I am constantly inspired by the rich and creative work being published here, and quite surprised by the image of it that I see on various Anglophone media. … Continue reading

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TRUTH WARS: my post-truth is stronger than yours

DE-CONCEPTED JARGON The hoax by Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) and James Lindsay (@GodDoesnt) does a real service in showing up shady intellectual and editorial practices. To that extent I espouse their cause and my own blog contains much analysis of the … Continue reading

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MICROCOSMIC HOAX: a phallic storm in a conceptual teapot

CONFIRMATION BIAS We do not have any statistics on how many “Sokal” hoaxes have so far been attempted and failed. To evaluate one publicised “success” however flimsy we would need to know what proportion of the the attempts at intellectual … Continue reading

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