[Marxism] Shades of Alan Sokal?

Ian Pace ian at ianpace.com
Tue Jul 26 17:26:21 MDT 2011


There are problems with Sokal's arguments, to be sure, but I think he 
touched upon something very important - the ways in which certain 
jargon-ridden brands of theory, through their mystifying functions, serve to 
render a certain discourse the exclusive property of a (usually 
self-selecting) elite, thus rendering them esoteric and harmless. And also 
how a total ultra-relativisation of all forms of knowledge leaves socialist 
arguments utterly bereft of any political utility, as they are left void of 
any meaning other than to those who already share their political 
assumptions.

Solidarity,
Ian 





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